Kansas telemedicine policies support the use of interactive video consultations together with approved home-based remote patient monitoring. A prior provider-patient relationship isn’t required, although if one exists with another practitioner, the online doctor must forward a report following treatment. Medicaid and insurers must reimburse telehealth consultations.
|Reimbursement for: All medically necessary telehealth services||Reimbursement for: Medically necessary telehealth services subject to individual health benefits||Not reimbursed at the same rate as in-person services|
While parity laws exist, health insurers have discretion regarding how they reimburse you. In practice, this means you may not be reimbursed at the same rate for a telehealth treatment as you would be for a face-to-face consultation. An exception was during the Covid-19 emergency when Kansas passed temporary legislation requiring full parity.
Kansas Medicaid reimburses providers for medically necessary telehealth services and remote patient monitoring. There’s a requirement that you must be at an approved originating location, although it’s not clear how these are defined. Kansas Medicaid reimburses providers of originating sites based on a percentage of the fee applicable to the service. These only apply to real-time video consultations and approved remote patient monitoring; other forms of telemedicine aren’t covered.
Physicians and other medical specialties offering telehealth in Kansas must be licensed by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Kansas is a member of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which means an out-of-state physician in a member state can apply for a license to practice in Kansas.
Eligible Health Care Providers
Kansas doesn’t limit who’s eligible to provide telehealth services other than to require they’re licensed to practice by the appropriate board, such as the Kansas Board of Healing Arts or the Kansas Board of Nursing. A limitation is that the telehealth service provided must be medically necessary. All consultations must be done via real-time, interactive video. Private payers’ reimbursement of telemedicine is subject to individual health plan conditions, which usually don’t equate to what would be paid for face-to-face consultations. Medicaid covers the following providers:
Kansas legislation regarding prescribing drugs online is the same as for prescribing drugs during a face-to-face consultation. The primary requirement is there must be a valid provider-patient relationship, which may be established through a live video consultation. In Kansas, online doctors may prescribe controlled substances. Doctors may not dispense prescriptions based on an internet or telephonic consultation.
Whether you live in a rural area or a busy city, using an online doctor can let you save time and avoid delays waiting for an appointment. But before you start, it’s wise to do research to establish whether the doctor or medical practice you’re interested in meets your needs. Questions to ask include do they have the right specialties, are they licensed to practice in Kansas, what will they charge, and what other patients think.
Telemedicine is a rapidly evolving field as doctors and patients are discovering its benefits. Keep up to date with telemedicine in Kansas by visiting these websites.