MHCP covers delivery of mental health services through telemedicine.
Telemedicine delivers mental health services using two-way interactive video, which can:
• Extend limited resources
• Expand the geographical area over which a mental health provider can offer direct service
• Save time and energy without compromising quality
• Allow providers and the recipient greater flexibility and increased access when delivering or receiving services
• Allow recipients to receive needed services without having to travel long distances
Recipients are eligible to receive their mental health services via telemedicine when:
• Telemedicine is determined medically appropriate (see Eligible Providers for service exceptions)
• The recipient has consented to using a telemedicine method before receiving services
The recipient must be present to receive service through the telemedicine method.
Providers currently authorized to provide mental health services may conduct the same services via telemedicine, except for the following services:
• Day treatment
• Partial hospitalization programs
• Residential treatment services
• Case Management, face-to-face contact
When delivering services through telemedicine, providers must do the following:
• Conduct a risk analysis
• Develop a risk management plan
• Employ strategies to minimize vulnerabilities in technological equipment and systems
• Create safe and private accommodations for recipients receiving services by telemedicine
• Ensure procedures are in place to prevent system failures that could:
• Lead to a breach in privacy
• Cause exposure of recipient mental health records to unauthorized persons
• Use high quality interactive video and audio communications systems and equipment
• Be prepared administratively, operationally, and technologically
Interactive telemedicine systems must be compliant with HIPAA privacy and security requirements and regulations.
MHCP does not reimburse for connection charges, or origination, set-up or site fees.
Refer to the following when billing for services provided through telemedicine:
• Services provided via telemedicine have the same service thresholds, authorization requirements and reimbursement rates as services delivered face-to-face.
• Bill for mental health services delivered via telemedicine with modifier GT.
• Use the place of service code that identifies the location of the recipient when the service was provided.
Minnesota Statutes 256B.0625, subd. 46 (MH Telemedicine)
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Minnesota Rules 9505.0371, subpart 10 (Telemedicine)