Bill Summary for H 555 (2019-2020)

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Apr 3 2019

Bill Information:

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 555 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 2, 2019
AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MEDICAID TRANSFORMATION AND TO MAKE OTHER MEDICAID TRANSFORMATION-RELATED CHANGES.
Intro. by Dobson, White, Saine, Lambeth.

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Bill summary

Requires the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to make 6 specified changes to the Medicaid and NC Health Choice Clinical Coverage Policy No. 1H, Telemedicine and Telepsychiatry, regarding reimbursement, referrals, delivery of services by phone or video cell phone, same-date billing, best practices, and inclusion in the coverage policy of certain behavioral health providers. Directs DHHS to expand the billing code set available for telemedicine and telepsychiatry to include most outpatient billing codes, but not to include group-type therapies other than family therapy.  Changes become effective after the completion of the process for amending policy that is required under GS 108A-54.2 (procedures for changing medical policy in public assistance programs).

Requires DHHS to submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services any waivers or amendments to the NC Medicaid State Plan necessary to implement this act.  

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