1 Kim Hoffman Telehealth Coordinator OHSU Telemedicine and Credentialing Kate Kenemer Client Service Analyst University Professional Services
2 Why is it important? Encourages use of telemedicine services Provides mechanism to reimburse providers One tool to ensure sustainability of program
3 Who is mandated to reimburse in Oregon? Medicare Medicaid Fee for Service (Medicaid Managed Care Plans are not yet contractually obligated to pay ) Private Payers
4 Medicare Must comply with the five parameters: Care setting Geography Clinician provider type Service type Technology type
5 Medicare Care setting: A person receiving care must be physically present May not be the patient s personal residence or location on the move. Accepted originating sites : Physician s or Practitioner Office, Rural Health Clinic, FQHC Hospital or Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Renal dialysis center (Hospital or FQHC based) Skilled nursing facility (SNF) (Effective January 1, 2009.) Community mental health center (CMHC) (Effective January 1, 2009.).
6 Medicare Geographic Parameters: Originating sites must be located in a rural HPSA but not a MSA Accepted Clinician Provider Type: Physician Clinical Nurse Specialist Nurse Practitioner Clinical Psychologist Physician Assistant Clinical Social Worker Nurse Midwife Nutrition Professional
7 Service Types Medicare Services Codes Consultations Office or other outpatient visits Individual psychotherapy Pharmacologic management Psychiatric diagnostic interview examination End stage renal disease related services HCPCS G0308G0309 G0311 G0312 G0314 G0315 G0317 G0318 Individual medical nutrition therapy HCPCS G Neurobehavioral status exam Follow-up inpatient telehealth consultations HCPCS G0406-G0408 Individual and group kidney disease education HCPCS G0420 and G0421 Individual and group diabetes selfmanagement HCPCS G0108 and G0109 training services Group medical nutrition therapy and health and and behavior assessment and intervention services Subsequent hospital care services and Subsequent nursing facility care services and 99310
8 Service Types Medicare ATA requesting additional codes in 2012: Critical Care and Evaluation Medical Genetics and Counseling Smoking and Tobacco Cessation Counseling Domiciliary or Rest Home Assessment and Management Online Internet Assessment and Management by Physician Online Internet Assessment and Management by a Non-physician Collection and Processing of Physiological Data and Analysis of Data Stored on Computers (recommend unbundling these two codes from an office visit.) For more information, go to: or_2012.pdf
9 Medicare Technology: Patient must be physically present, consultant must be able to interact with the patient. Additionally: Use of GT and GQ modifiers : The GT modifier indicates use of real-time/interactive technology. The GQ modifier indicates use of store and forward technology. Critically important in tracking usage and cost of telemedicine services Originating site fee Flat reimbursement rate billed separately by the originating site using code Q3014, P Payment updated on a calendar year basis. Current fee is $24.10.
10 Fee for Service (Must comply with OR Telemedicine) Accepted Originating Sites : Location must be appropriate for clinical care, meets HIPAA privacy requirements Geographic Parameters: No Restrictions Medicaid Accepted Clinician Provider Type: Must be licensed to practice in Oregon and be enrolled as Division of Medical Assistance Program provider
11 Covered Services Types Must be medically appropriate covered service within patient s benefit package Managed Care Medicaid Fee for Service (Must comply with OR Telemedicine) Technology Consultations using video conferencing, must be billed with GT modifier Telephone and online or when video conferencing not available (Must comply with practice guidelines set forth by Health Service Commission) Currently not covered in contracts At the discretion of each individual plan
12 Private Payer Oregon SB 24 (Passed in 2009 Legislative Session) Accepted originating sites : No Restrictions as long as location is appropriate for clinical care and meets HIPAA requirements for privacy Geographic Parameters: No Restrictions Accepted clinician provider type: No Restrictions other than must be a part of the payer panel Covered Services Must be medically appropriate covered service within patient s benefit package Technology Patient must be present; consultant must be able to interact with the patient Consultations using video conferencing, must be billed with GT modifier
13 Private Payer Oregon SB 787 (Passed in 2011 Legislative Session) Accepted originating sites : No Restrictions Geographic Parameters: No Restrictions Accepted clinician provider type: Must be part of an Academic Medical Center Covered Services Diabetes, only. Must be medically appropriate covered service within patient s benefit package Technology Can be delivered using video, audio, Voice over Internet Protocol or transmission of telemetry
14 What is considered Telemedicine? CMS and most Private Payers view Telemedicine as an interactive audio and video telecommunications system, permitting real-time communication between the distant site physician or practitioner and the patient. For these payers, the patient must be seen by the consulting physician.
15 What is considered Telemedicine? When the consult involves only a phone conversation and a video consult is not engaged, this is not considered Telemedicine, by current CMS and private payer rules. However, Medicaid will allow for a phone visit, if video conferencing is not available.
16 What is considered Telemedicine? When a video consult is engaged only for the purpose of connecting the OHSU physician to the patient s family members or care givers. In some cases, if the patient is being transferred to OHSU, it is beneficial for the family members to meet the OHSU physician prior to the transport. This kind of interaction is not considered Telemedicine.
17 Payer Query Aetna Blue Cross Care Oregon DMAP HealthNet Kaiser Lifewise PacificSource UHC Outside of Medicare, we asked the main payers the following questions on how they would reimburse Telemedicine services
18 Payer Poll #1 Will your plans cover telemedicine as of 1/1/10 dates of service? Responses were all Yes except for Care Oregon OHP
19 Payer Poll #2 Will you cover Inpatient Telemedicine services billed with modifier GT? Will you cover Outpatient/Office/Ambulatory services billed with modifier GT? Responses to both questions show Yes across the board
20 Medicare Rules Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for telehealth services only if they are presented from an originating site located in either a rural Health Professional Shortage Area or a non-metropolitan Statistical Area county as defined by the Public Health Services Act.
21 Qualified Originating Sites Physician s or practitioner s office Hospital (inpatient or outpatient) Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Federally qualified health center (FQHC) Hospital-based or critical access hospitalbased renal dialysis center Skilled nursing center (SNF) Community mental health center (CMHC)
22 Telemedicine Modifiers Modifier GT Via interactive audio and video telecommunications system Modifier GQ Via asynchronous telecommunications system For asynchronous, store and forward telecommunications technologies, an originating site is only a Federal telemedicine demonstration program conducted in Alaska or Hawaii
23 Inpatient Billing Codes G0425 Initial inpatient telehealth consultation, typically 30 minutes communicating with the patient via telehealth G Initial inpatient telehealth consultation, typically 50 minutes communicating with the patient via telehealth G Initial inpatient telehealth consultation, typically 70 minutes communicating with the patient via telehealth
24 Critical Care Billing Codes 0188T Remote real-time interactive video-conferenced critical care, evaluation and management of the critically ill or critically injured patient; first minutes 0189T each additional 30 minutes (List separately in addition to code for primary service)
25 Decision Tree Codes used to bill depend first on whether the patient was: Not admitted at all Admitted at the local hospital Transferred and admitted at OHSU
28 Denials Received 0188T - CPT not payable by Medicare 0188T - CPT not recognized by DMAP G GT modifier redundant to service provided or not recognized by plan G Chart notes requested by OHP plan because the local hospital charge had not yet been submitted
29 0188T Telemedicine Reimbursement Temporary code so not on most fee schedules Was initially reimbursed as anesthesia by some OHPs as the code begins with a zero Calling the health plan was required to explain the purpose of this code and ask for reprocessing paid at a higher rate We were successful in getting additional reimbursement
32 Patient Forms In order for OHSU to bill the health plans, the patient or family member must sign an OHSU Terms and Conditions Form. Additionally, the patient or family member must sign an OHSU Telemedicine Consent Form, agreeing to be seen telemedically. OHSU provides these forms to our telemedicine affiliates.
33 Patient Billing The patient does not receive a statement unless there is a patient balance. If the patient has insurance, we will submit a claim to the health plan. Once the claim has been processed by the plan, the patient will receive a statement showing the payment received and what amount, if any, is the patient s responsibility.
34 Patient Responsibility The ultimate responsible party will be determined by each patient s benefits. Some services may not be included in the patient s benefit plan. Based on the EOB received from the health plan, we are legally obligated to hold the patient responsible for any portion of the claim assigned to the patient. To date, we have not received a denial where the entire charge is patient responsibility.
35 EMR Challenges OHSU has a large integrated EMR and the Telemedicine workflow created a challenge because the patient is not actually in-house. Workflow discussions involved multiple teams from all potential areas involved, including the Emergency Department. At the time of the consult, patients are not registered in the EMR, so it made most sense to use the Emergency Department model.
36 Telemedicine Credentialing What is credentialing? What is privileging? Why are they important? How do credentialing and privileging relate to the provision of telemedicine services?
37 Telemedicine Credentialing Before doctors are permitted to practice medicine in a hospital, the hospital must verify the physician's claimed experiences. Physician credentialing: Assesses and confirms a doctor's stated education, personal background, licensing and prior affiliations. Privileging: Separate process, Grants an individual physician permission to perform specific procedures in the hospital, based upon past exposure to these procedures.
38 Telemedicine Credentialing The credentialing process can be lengthy and may include: Verifying all levels of medical training and education Contacting the American Board of Medical Specialties or other qualified boards to verify board certifications Confirming the validity of any claimed medical licenses Making an inquiry with the National Practitioner Data Bank Looking at the Medicare/Medicaid system for potential problems Examining Drug Enforcement Administration Certification for doctors who will be prescribing controlled substances Verifying malpractice coverage and considering any claims for medical malpractice Investigating any disciplinary actions Credentialing is an ongoing process; generally, hospitals should reevaluate and update a doctor's credentials every two years.
39 Telemedicine Credentialing Privileging is the process of authorizing practitioners to provide specific services to patients depending on type of training and competency assurance. This may include: Medical knowledge Special education when applicable Technical and clinical skills Clinical judgment Clinical Activity Reports and other data indicating mortality index, length of stay, and complication rates Proctoring outcomes when indicated Suspension for record delinquencies
40 Telemedicine Credentialing Hospital credentialing and privileging are governed by the hospital s bylaws and may vary greatly from hospital to hospital. Why is that important? Hospitals are responsible for ensuring the care and safety of patients treated in their facility: From a risk management perspective From a legal perspective Hospital s responsibility is separate from the physicians responsibility. Hospitals failure to exercise reasonable care with respect to the care of its patients can result in a claim of institutional negligence.
41 Telemedicine Credentialing Why is that important? Growing number of states adopting doctrine of negative credentialing as a component of institutional negligence Presents another source of potential liability for hospitals Hospitals must ensure that all physician credentialing and privileging decisions are consistent with hospital bylaws, medical staff bylaws and accreditation standards. Case in Point: An Illinois case resulted in a $ 7.7 million to patient with amputated foot. Hospital granted category II surgical credentials to podiatrist even though he never completed a 12-month podiatric surgical residency and was not board certified as required by the hospital s bylaws and hospital accreditation standards.
42 Telemedicine Credentialing Why is this important to Telemedicine? Requirement for full credentialing creates barriers to telemedicine implementation Puts substantial burden on originating site hospitals, both from a staff resource and financial perspective Creates significant bureaucratic and financial burden on distant site hospitals Creates a duplication of workload for telemedicine providers who have gone through the credentialing and privileging process at the distant site hospital.
43 Telemedicine Credentialing Why is this important to Telemedicine? The OHSU Experience Telemedicine agreements with 10 hospitals Includes five services: PICU, NICU, Stroke, Neurosurgery, Trauma Has involved 46 OHSU providers over the last 18 months Process varies at each originating site according to hospital and medical staff bylaws. Each originating site has a unique set of supplemental forms that OHSU providers must read and sign.
44 Telemedicine Credentialing
45 Telemedicine Credentialing Current Status 2004 JCAHO adopted rules to allow credentialing by proxy 2008 Congress terminates JCAHO s recognized hospital accreditation program, effective July 15, JCAHO, ATA, various telemedicine organizations, CTEL, and congressional delegations from a variety of states work with CMS to create rule changes that will allow streamlined process for telemedicine July 5, 2011 New CMS rules become effective
46 Telemedicine Credentialing The CMS Rule New CMS provisions allows the originating-site hospital to rely upon the decisions made by the distant-site telemedicine entity when making credentialing and privileging decisions for individual, distant-site practitioners who are providing telemedicine services. Originating-site hospital must ensure that the medical staff s credentialing and privileging processes and standards at the distant-site telemedicine entity meets or exceeds the [CMS] standards.. Rule does not mandate its use. Level of telemedicine credentialing and privileging at each hospital remains at the hospital s discretion as long it meets or exceeds the CMS standards.
47 Telemedicine Credentialing The CMS Rule A written agreement is required and must establish the following: The distant-site hospital is a Medicare-participating hospital. The distant-site practitioner is privileged at the distant-site hospital. The distant-site hospital provides a current list of the practitioner s privileges. The distant-site practitioner holds a license issued or recognized by the state in which the originating-site hospital is located. The originating-site hospital has an internal review of the distant-site practitioner s performance and provides this information to the distantsite hospital. Information sent from the originating-site to the distant site must include all adverse events and complaints from telemedicine services provided by the distant-site practitioner to the originating-site hospital s patients.
48 Telemedicine Credentialing The CMS Rule Allows for non-medicare distant site telemedicine entities providing services to a Medicare hospital or CAH. Examples include: Independent provider practices (ie dermatology, cardioogy, etc.) Radiology entities Independent EICU providers There must be a written agreement that establishes with the hospital or CAH that includes: The entity s process and standards for assessing the qualifications of its practitioners meet conditions of participation The distant-site practitioner has experience and expertise represented by the distant-site telemedicine entity The practitioner holds a license issued or recognize by the state in which the hospital or CAH is located The hospital or CAH that credentials and privileges thedistant-site practitioner shares the practitioner s performance review information with the entity
49 Telemedicine Credentialing The CMS Rule New rule requires sharing of peer review and internal review information between originating hospitals and distant sites. At minimum, monitored and shared information must include: All adverse events that result from telemedicine services provided by practitioner to patients All complaints the hospital has received about the practitioner.
50 Telemedicine Credentialing In Summary Credentialing and Privileging are critical activities to ensure the appropriate care and safety of the patient in a hospital setting Telemedicine brings some unique challenges to the credentialing and privileging process The new CMS rule has laid the ground work to allow hospitals to streamline the process for telemedicine Challenges remain in adopting the rule through changes to hospital bylaws and policies
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