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Mississippi Code Title 83. Insurance § 83-9-351. Telemedicine services coverage

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(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Employee benefit plan” means any plan, fund or program established or maintained by an employer or by an employee organization, or both, to the extent that such plan, fund or program was established or is maintained for the purpose of providing for its participants or their beneficiaries, through the purchase of insurance or otherwise, medical, surgical, hospital care or other benefits.

(b) “Health insurance plan” means any health insurance policy or health benefit plan offered by a health insurer, and includes the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan and any other public health care assistance program offered or administered by the state or any political subdivision or instrumentality of the state.  The term does not include policies or plans providing coverage for specified disease or other limited benefit coverage.

(c) “Health insurer” means any health insurance company, nonprofit hospital and medical service corporation, health maintenance organization, preferred provider organization, managed care organization, pharmacy benefit manager, and, to the extent permitted under federal law, any administrator of an insured, self-insured or publicly funded health care benefit plan offered by public and private entities, and other parties that are by statute, contract, or agreement, legally responsible for payment of a claim for a health care item or service.

(d) “Telemedicine” means the delivery of health care services such as diagnosis, consultation, or treatment through the use of interactive audio, video, or other electronic media.  Telemedicine must be “real-time” consultation, and it does not include the use of audio-only telephone, e-mail, or facsimile.

(2) All health insurance and employee benefit plans in this state must provide coverage for telemedicine services to the same extent that the services would be covered if they were provided through in-person consultation.

(3) A health insurance or employee benefit plan may charge a deductible, co-payment, or coinsurance for a health care service provided through telemedicine so long as it does not exceed the deductible, co-payment, or coinsurance applicable to an in-person consultation.

(4) A health insurance or employee benefit plan may limit coverage to health care providers in a telemedicine network approved by the plan.

(5) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a health insurance or employee benefit plan from providing coverage for only those services that are medically necessary, subject to the terms and conditions of the covered person's policy.

(6) In a claim for the services provided, the appropriate procedure code for the covered services shall be included with the appropriate modifier indicating interactive communication was used.

(7) The originating site is eligible to receive a facility fee, but facility fees are not payable to the distant site.

Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Mississippi Code Title 83. Insurance § 83-9-351. Telemedicine services coverage - last updated January 01, 2018 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ms/title-83-insurance/ms-code-sect-83-9-351/


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