By David Doolittle
Originally published on the Texas Medical Association’s website.
Texas-regulated insurers must continue to pay for telemedicine services, including mental health visits, at the same rate as in-person visits through Sept. 12, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) said today.
TDI announced it is extending the requirement that was part of an emergency rule that has been in place since March. It was set to expire July 14.
Under the emergency rule, state-regulated health insurers and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) also must:
- Cover telemedicine services using any platform permitted by state law; and
- Not require more documentation for telemedicine services than they require for in-person services.
To make telemedicine available to more patients and their physicians during the emergency declaration period, many state and federal rules and regulations regarding telehealth, including a waiver for audio-only visits, have been relaxed temporarily.