Telemedicine services; originating site. (SB5080)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Telemedicine services; originating site. Directs the Board of Medical Assistance Services to amend the state plan for medical assistance services to provide for payment of medical assistance for medically necessary health care services provided through telemedicine services, regardless of the originating site or whether the patient is accompanied by a health care provider at the time such services are provided. "Originating site" is defined in the bill as any location where the patient is located, including any medical care facility or office of a health care provider, the home of the patient, the patient's place of employment, or any public or private primary or secondary school or postsecondary institution of higher education at which the person to whom services are provided is located. The bill also requires each (i) insurer proposing to issue individual or group accident and sickness insurance policies providing hospital, medical and surgical, or major medical coverage on an expense-incurred basis; (ii) corporation providing individual or group accident and sickness subscription contracts; and (iii) health maintenance organization providing a health care plan for health care services to provide coverage for telemedicine services regardless of the originating site and whether the patient is accompanied by a health care provider at the time such services are provided. The bill also provides that no health care provider who provides health care services via telemedicine services shall be required to use proprietary technology or applications to be reimbursed for providing telemedicine services, and requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services to continue to reimburse health care providers for Medicaid-covered services delivered via audio-only equipment and by telemedicine services until July 1, 2021. This bill incorporates SB 5087. Read the Bill »

Status

09/25/2020: Passed the House

History

DateAction
08/17/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200554D
08/17/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
08/19/2020Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/19/2020Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
08/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20200889D-S1
08/20/2020Incorporates SB5087 (Dunnavant)
08/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
08/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5080S1)
08/26/2020Read second time
08/26/2020Reading of substitute waived
08/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20200889D-S1
08/26/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB5080S1
08/27/2020Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
09/17/2020Placed on Calendar
09/17/2020Read first time
09/17/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
09/17/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
09/24/2020Read second time
09/25/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/25/2020Read third time
09/25/2020Amendments by Delegate Sickles agreed to
09/25/2020Engrossed by House as amended
09/25/2020Passed House with amendments (97-Y 0-N)
09/25/2020Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

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