Telehealth Learning Series for SUD Tx and Recovery Support Providers
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the Center for Excellence on Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI), the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada - Reno (UNR) are facilitating a FREE, national online discussion and resource sharing opportunity for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers and peer support specialists faced with transitioning their services to the use of telephone and videoconferencing methods in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
The series will feature:
- Live, one-hour sessions every week for at least 5 weeks via Zoom video conferencing (we may add more weeks based on demand!). Each session will include at least 45 minutes of peer-to-peer conversation and information exchange and “Top Five” tips and lessons learned
- Access to experienced providers and others with expertise in providing services using videoconferencing (telehealth) and telephone for SUD treatment and recovery support
- Access to professionals with expertise in protected health information and 42CFR Part 2
- Training tools, checklists, and other relevant resources
Who Should Attend?
SUD treatment providers, including peer specialists, counselors, administrators, peer support officers, and others providing and/or interested in providing care to patients/peers via videoconferencing platforms (telehealth) and/or telephone.
No registration required for the live sessions. Simply click on the zoom link at the appropriate date and time to join the discussion. No CEs will be provided for these sessions.
Weeks of March 30 through April 27. Join one, two, three … or all of the live sessions! Combine your live session attendance with review of a curated list of resources that will soon be available on this page!
HITEQ Webinar Takeaways:
- Telehealth billing and reimbursement is complicated. Take a look at your patient/client profile by payor.
- Medicare FFS Telehealth - Eligible services list has expanded, distant site providers expanded to include RHCs and FQHCs, no changes in modality (i.e., telehealth must be synchronous audio-video), use POS code for in-person visit with modifier 95.
- Medicare FFS “Not” Telehealth - No changes to non-telehealth services of interprofessional consultation, remote monitoring services, and online digital evaluation. Have been changes to telephone E/M services as reimbursement is now enabled. Also, change to virtual check-ins - made allowances and codes for PTs, OTs and SLPs.
- State Medicaid - Must frequently look at state guidance for changes during the public health emergency. Different considerations for insurance parity legislation.
- Private Insurers - Use different modifiers. Some use GT modifiers, others use the 95 modifier, or 02. Need to contact individual plans to confirm which code should be used for telehealth visits. One recent change has been that plans have allowed for more flexibility in the use of different platforms. Some plans have contracted directly with a platform and specify that the platform must be used if the service is to be reimbursed. This has been a barrier in the past. It may revert back after COVID-19.
- Managed Care/Shared Savings - Some ACOs have made provisions during COVID-19, others have stuck with their usual ACO operating service policies. Must check each ACO’s policies.
- Licensure - Standard rule of thumb is you need to be licensed in the state where the patient is physically located at the time of service. There are some states that participate in interstate compacts, which allow bordering state clinicians to practice in multiple states. Review state compact policy to see if it affects Medicaid reimbursement.