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Provider Notice Issued 03/30/2020

Date:    March 30, 2020

 

 

To:       All Medical Assistance Program Providers

 

Re:      Telehealth Expansion Billing Instructions

 

 

 

 

This notice provides additional guidance for telehealth, virtual check-in, and online patient portal/E-visit billing based upon the policy identified in the provider notice dated March 20, 2020.  These temporary policy changes related to the current COVID-19 health emergency apply to claims billed for participants covered under fee-for-service as well as a HealthChoice Illinois managed care plan.

 

Telehealth - Originating Site $25.00 Facility Fee

 

Sites approved as valid originating facility sites were expanded. The March 20, 2020 notice contained a list of sites that included “providers who receive reimbursement for a patient’s room and board, including nursing facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled.” For further clarification, this category would also include Family Support Program residential providers, Medically Complex Facilities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, and Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Facilities.

 

·         Facility Fee Billing Instructions for Hospice Agencies:

 

In situations where a hospice patient in a long term care facility is in need of a telehealth service, the hospice may submit charges for the facility fee as an originating telehealth site.

 

Ø  Use Revenue Code 0657 in conjunction with HCPCS code Q3014 and identify the number of Service Units (telehealth occurrences) provided in the billing period.

 

Ø  The telehealth facility fee service cannot be billed separately and must be included on a claim containing the hospice’s usual charges.

 

·         Facility Fee Billing Instructions for Hospitals:

 

Hospitals are already able to bill as a non-institutional provider originating site, as stated in the Handbook for Practitioner Services, topic 202.1.4 – Allowable Fee-for-Service Charges by Hospitals.

 

·         All Other Originating Facility Sites – The Department is currently working to implement a facility fee payment system for these sites and additional information will be forthcoming.

 

 

 

Telehealth - Distant Site Modifier GT and Place of Service 02

 

Valid distant site providers were expanded and identified in the March 20, 2020 notice. All distant site providers billing for telehealth services must use modifier GT and Place of Service 02 on their claims, with the following exceptions:

 

·       Community Mental Health Centers and Behavioral Health Clinics that have staff working remotely from home or another location during this health emergency should use their usual place of service (onsite/office). Services that are already allowed by telephone per the delivery modes identified by code in the Handbook for Community Based Behavioral Services, topic 208, should not be billed as telehealth.

 

·        Independent Practitioners (Psychiatrists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Psychologists) billing the Group A services from the Fee Schedule for Providers of Community-Based Behavioral Services.

 

Telehealth – Distant Site Dental Services

 

The dental provider does not need to have a current relationship with the patient in order to perform teledentistry. Claims for teledentistry should be billed with the following Current Dental Terminology codes for their telehealth service, in accordance with the code definitions, in conjunction with D0140 – Limited Oral Evaluation. These services must be billed with Place of Service 02. Reimbursement for these codes will be at the lesser of the provider charge amount or the State maximum as identified in the Department’s COVID-19 Fee Schedule on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage.

 

CDT Code

Description

D9995

Teledentistry, synchronous; real-time encounter

D9996

Teledentistry asynchronous; information stored and forwarded to dentist for subsequent review

 

Telehealth Distant Site - Additional Procedure Codes Opened

 

For physicians providing remote consultation to inpatients, the following consultation codes have been opened for distant site providers effective with dates of service on or after March 9, 2020. These services must be billed with modifier GT and Place of Service 02, as they are specifically defined as telehealth. The Department will reimburse the lesser of the provider charge amount or the State maximum rate for these codes as indicated in the Department’s COVID-19 Fee Schedule on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage.

 

HCPCS Code

Description

G0406

Follow-up inpatient consultation, limited, physicians typically spend 15 minutes communicating with the patient via telehealth

G0407

Follow-up inpatient consultation, intermediate, physicians typically spend 25 minutes communicating with the patient via telehealth

G0408

Follow-up inpatient consultation, complex, physicians typically spend 35 minutes communicating with the patient via telehealth

G0425

Telehealth consultation, emergency department or initial inpatient, typically 30 minutes communicating with the patient via telehealth

G0426

Telehealth consultation, emergency department or initial inpatient, typically 50 minutes communicating with the patient via telehealth

G0427

Telehealth consultation, emergency department or initial inpatient, typically 70 minutes or more communicating with the patient via telehealth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encounter Clinics

 

The Department will allow medical/dental/behavioral health encounters with new or existing patients using audio only telephonic equipment to be reimbursed at the medical/dental/behavioral health encounter rate, as long as the encounter is of an amount and nature that would be sufficient to meet the key components of a face-to-face encounter.

 

For medical encounters the claim must include the GT modifier on all detail code service lines. For behavioral health encounters, the claim must include the GT modifier on all service lines, including the encounter service line. In order for behavioral health encounters to price correctly, the behavioral health modifier must be the first modifier appended to the encounter “T” code.

 

If an audio only telephonic interaction cannot meet key components of a face-to-face encounter, the provider may instead seek reimbursement for virtual check-in services or e-visit/online portal services. The FQHC/RHC/ERC encounter provider will be reimbursed at the lesser of the provider charge amount or the State maximum rate established on the Department’s