California Takes New Steps Towards Implementing Telehealth Billing for Schools

In meeting minutes published this March, California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced that telehealth rate table and utilization controls are being established for implementation in the claims processing system for school-based Medi-Cal billing.

Telehealth has been found to be an effective and affordable method for delivering primary health care to underserved children in rural and urban schools. A 2003 study on the effectiveness of school-based telehealth care found that, “pediatric providers, nurses, parents, and children reported primary care school-based telehealth as an acceptable alternative to traditional health care delivery systems.”

DHCS, in association with the LEA Advisory Workgroup, has been working to incorporate telehealth services in the suite of health services that are currently billing by school districts that participate in the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option program since late 2013.

 

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Reach the 2009 Issue Brief by The Children’s Partnership, ‘School-Based Telehealth: An Innovative Approach to Meet the Health Care Needs of California’s Children‘…

View the DHCS Medi-Cal telehealth webpage…

California looks at implementing telehealth for school-based billing, 9-27-13…