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MS SPA 21-0035 Telehealth approved by CMS

CMS approved MS SPA 21-0035 Telehealth on September 17, 2021. State Plan Amendment (SPA) 21-0035 was submitted to allow the Division of Medicaid (DOM) to 1) set the fees for telehealth services the same as those in effect on July 1, 2020, 2) add Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Centers (RHCs) as distant site providers, 3) add language that FQHCs, RHCs and Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) delivering simultaneous distant and originating site can receive the originating or distant site facility fees when such services are appropriately provided by the same organization, 4) add school which employs a school nurse, inpatient hospital and the beneficiary’s home as an originating site, and 5) add telehealth services must be Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant, effective July 1, 2021.

For more information read the approved SPA pages.