Thank you for joining us for today’s legal/regulatory webinar related to the Covid-19 pandemic. This post contains links to the various resources that we discussed. Additional resources will be added after the event based on your questions
The webinar represents a partnership between Allina Health (David Frenz’s employer) and the Center for Practice Transformation. Please review Dr. Frenz’s disclosures, especially that bit about seeking counsel from experienced health lawyers like our panelists, Teresa Knoedler and Kit Friedemann
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Questions to Ask Yourself
- Is the health care service permitted by law? (if yes, then go to #2)
- Is the health care service permitted by the patient’s health plan? (if yes, then go to #3)
- What is the claims submission process? For example, what CPT code and place of service code (Item Number 24B in the 1500 Health Insurance Claim Form) should be submitted for payment?
High-level Explainer by Kit Friedemann, J.D.
Office of Civil Rights resource page
Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit
Expansion of telehealth with 1135 waiver
CMS Interim Final Rule
MLN Booklet — Telehealth Services [requirements prior to Covid-19]
Medicare Coverage of Substance Abuse Services [prior to Covid-19]
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Waivers and modifications
MHCP Provider Manual
42 CFR Part 2
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Relationship to HIPAA enforcement discretion
Ryan Haight Act
Use of Telemedicine While Providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Covid-19 Information Page
Allina Health is pleased to be partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Practice Transformation on a free telehealth training this Friday, April 3rd, at 12 p.m. The webinar is an adaptation of trainings that John Sutherland, Ph.D., and I have been conducting at Allina in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
I will cover a broad range of topics including the logistics of conducting a telehealth encounter. I will also address regulatory issues such as documentation requirements, exceptions to the Ryan Haight Act, deferred enforcement of HIPAA and waivers and modifications granted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Please consider Zoom for Healthcare if you haven’t already landed on a telehealth platform. It is device and operating system agnostic, and many patients are already using it for other reasons (e.g., distance learning for their children). Solo practitioners and small groups are able to purchase licenses on a onesie-twosie basis though resellers like LuxSci, which brings the cost down.
Many thanks to Julie Rohovit, Ph.D., Joe Curtis and the whole gang at the Center for Practice Transformation for spinning up this webinar on very short notice. ✸
Our response to the novel coronavirus is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Minnesota Department of Health. Our primary strategies are:
A virtual visit is an online appointment that supports social distancing, that is, unnecessary, in-person contact with others. These visits occur via Zoom for Healthcare, a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform.
Please consider converting your existing in-office appointments to virtual visits. ✸