On Thursday, March 19, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced the expansion of Medicaid coverage for telehealth services, in an effort to limit unnecessary travel, clinic visits, and possible exposure – through April 30, 2020. The Division of Medicaid’s Telehealth Policy includes the following:
- A beneficiary may access telehealth services from his or her home;
- A beneficiary may use his or her personal cellular device, computer, tablet, or other web camera-enabled device to seek and receive medical care with a qualified distant-site provider; and
- Any limitation on the use of audio-only telephonic consultations is waived.
The new policy covers all Mississippi Medicaid programs, including fee-for-service providers, Medicaid managed care, and CHIP.
Additional details can be found in the Governor’s announcement, available here: https://medicaid.ms.gov/reeves-administration-announces-temporary-medicaid-changes-in-response-to-coronavirus-outbreak/