Kentucky Telemedicine & Telehealth Reimbursement Overview

Provider Reimbursement Eligibility
Consent for Telemedicine Live Video Reimbursement Store & Forward Reimbursement Originating Site & Transmission Fees Eligible Practitioners
State Law

Patient consent is to be obtained by the provider delivering/facilitating the telehealth services prior to the session.

See Kentucky Revised Statutes § 311.5975

 

Kentucky law requires reimbursement for live video.
See Kentucky Revised Statutes § 304.17A-138

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Medicaid

April 26th, 2018 – The state passed a new bill requiring telemedicine parity for Medicaid recipients. “The Medicaid program or a Medicaid managed care organization shall reimburse 12 for covered services provided to a Medicaid recipient through telehealth, as 13 defined in Section 2 of this Act” SB112

Changes go into effect July 1, 2019

Kentucky Medicaid reimburses for telehealth consultations, which include live video.

See Kentucky Revised Statutes § 205.559

Kentucky Medicaid will reimburse for tele-radiology. There are no references as to reimbursement for other specialties.
See Pg. 40 of Kentucky Provider Billing Instructions

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To find out if your provider class is eligible for medicaid reimbursement reference the appropriate medicaid manual for your specialty.
Kentucky Medicaid Provider Manual

Medicare

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Only applicable for rural areas at this time.  See Rural Telehealth Services Document

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Medicare will pay 80% of the lesser of the actual charge of $25.10 per live video session to the originating site(patient location).

List of Medicare Approved Practitioners (see page 2)

Private Payors

Private payors are actively exploring telemedicine and telehealth, but each provider is different. If you are in network with a specific provider, call and request documentation of their policy related to telehealth.

Self Pay

There are no limitations for self pay patients/clients, and providing telehealth services is a great way to increase revenue with patients that are selfpay or value premium services.

Provider Reimbursement Eligibility
Consent for Telemedicine
State Law

Patient consent is to be obtained by the provider delivering/facilitating the telehealth services prior to the session.

See Kentucky Revised Statutes § 311.5975

 

Medicaid

April 26th, 2018 – The state passed a new bill requiring telemedicine parity for Medicaid recipients. “The Medicaid program or a Medicaid managed care organization shall reimburse 12 for covered services provided to a Medicaid recipient through telehealth, as 13 defined in Section 2 of this Act” SB112

Changes go into effect July 1, 2019

Medicare

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Live Video Reimbursement
State Law

Kentucky law requires reimbursement for live video.
See Kentucky Revised Statutes § 304.17A-138

Medicaid

Kentucky Medicaid reimburses for telehealth consultations, which include live video.

See Kentucky Revised Statutes § 205.559

Medicare

Only applicable for rural areas at this time.  See Rural Telehealth Services Document

Store & Forward Reimbursement
State Law

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Medicaid

Kentucky Medicaid will reimburse for tele-radiology. There are no references as to reimbursement for other specialties.
See Pg. 40 of Kentucky Provider Billing Instructions

Medicare

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Originating Site & Transmission Fees
State Law

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Medicaid

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Medicare

Medicare will pay 80% of the lesser of the actual charge of $25.10 per live video session to the originating site(patient location).

Eligible Practitioners
State Law

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Medicaid

 

To find out if your provider class is eligible for medicaid reimbursement reference the appropriate medicaid manual for your specialty.
Kentucky Medicaid Provider Manual

Medicare

List of Medicare Approved Practitioners (see page 2)

Private Payors

Private payors are actively exploring telemedicine and telehealth, but each provider is different. If you are in network with a specific provider, call and request documentation of their policy related to telehealth.

Self Pay

There are no limitations for self pay patients/clients, and providing telehealth services is a great way to increase revenue with patients that are selfpay or value premium services.

Telemedicine CPT Codes

Unique CPT codes do not exist specifically for telemedicine or telehealth. Instead a modifier is applied to existing codes.

  • For interactive audio and video sessions, place a GT modifier in front of the CPT codes you typically use for in person services.
  • For services provided via an asynchronous telecommunication system, simply add a GQ modifier in front of the CPT codes you typically use for in person services.

Telehealth Parity

Kentucky has a parity law requiring private payors to reimburse telemedicine services on the same basis that they do in person services.

See Kentucky Revised Statutes § 304.17A-138.

Definitions

Telehealth Parity

Telehealth services are equal to in person services and reimbursed at the same rate.

Asynchronous Communication

The exchange of messages, such as among the hosts on a network or devices in a computer, by reading and responding as schedules permit rather than according to some clock that is synchronized for both the sender and receiver or in real time. Email, chat and text messaging are primary examples of asynchronous communication.

Distant or Hub Site

The location or site where the practitioner or provider is located while utilizing telemedicine services to meet with patients.

Originating Site

The location of the patient at the time services are provided. An originating site can be the client's home or a public facility like a rural hospital or physician's office. Many payors will reimburse for an originating site fee if it meets specific requirements. Rural use cases provide an applicable example for an eligible originating site fee where the patient will go to a local medical facility like a primary care physician's office and meet with a specialist located in distant urban health facility.

Additional Telemedicine Resources

Telehealth and telemedicine are fast growing and changing segments. Both state licensure and state legislation are changing rapidly along with federal legislation and for this reason the information provided cannot be considered legal advice. We make every attempt to keep state specific information up to date, but encourage you to validate this information through the following sites: