as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 05/08/2020 07:54am
A bill for an act
relating to health care; expanding and modifying the use of telemedicine; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 62A.671, subdivisions 6, 7, 9; 62A.672,
subdivisions 2, 3.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 62A.671, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
"Licensed health care provider" means a health
care provider who is:
(1) licensed under chapter 147, 147A, new text beginnew text end148, 148B, 148E, 148F, 150A, or 153; a
mental health professional as defined under section 245.462, subdivision 18, or 245.4871,
subdivision 27; or vendor of medical care defined in section 256B.02, subdivision 7; and
deleted text begin (2)deleted text end authorized within their respective scope of practice to provide the particular service
with no supervision or under general supervisionnew text beginnew text end
new text beginnew text end.
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 62A.671, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
"Originating site" means a site deleted text beginincluding, but not limited to,
a health care facilitydeleted text end at which a patient is located at the time health care services are provided
to the patient by means of telemedicine.new text beginnew text end
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 62A.671, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
"Telemedicine" means the delivery of health care services or
consultations while the patient is at an originating site and the licensed health care provider
is at a distant site. A communication between licensed health care providers that consists
solely of a telephone conversation, e-mail, or facsimile transmission does not constitute
telemedicine consultations or services. A communication between a licensed health care
provider and a patient that consists solely of an e-mail or facsimile transmission does not
constitute telemedicine consultations or services. new text beginnew text endTelemedicine may be provided by means
of real-time two-way, interactive audio and visual communications, including the application
of secure video conferencing or store-and-forward technology to provide or support health
care delivery, which facilitate the assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education,
and care management of a patient's health care.
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 62A.672, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endA health carrier shall
not exclude a service for coverage solely because the service is provided via telemedicine
and is not provided through in-person consultation or contact between a licensed health care
provider and a patient.
new text begin new text end
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 62A.672, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
(a) A health carrier shall reimburse
the distant site licensed health care provider for covered services delivered via telemedicine
on the same basis and at the same rate as the health carrier would apply to those services if
the services had been delivered in person by the distant site licensed health care provider.
(b) new text beginnew text end
new text begin new text end
new text beginnew text endIt is not a violation of this subdivision for a health carrier to include a deductible,
co-payment, or coinsurance requirement for a health care service provided via telemedicine,
provided that the deductible, co-payment, or coinsurance is not in addition to, and does not
exceed, the deductible, co-payment, or coinsurance applicable if the same services were
provided through in-person contact.