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Senate signs off on Medicaid telehealth bill

Senate signs off on Medicaid telehealth bill

The Senate unanimously approved legislation this week expanding reimbursement for telehealth for Medicaid providers.

The proposal addresses several concerns outlined by the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, the Illinois Telehealth Network and other stakeholders in a January letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.

It would allow all Medicaid-eligible facilities, including inpatient hospital settings, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities, to bill for telehealth services.

Licensed psychologists, social workers and advanced practice registered nurses certified in psychiatric and mental health nursing could also receive Medicaid payments for delivering behavioral health services via telehealth, under the proposal.

“Illinois faces a growing shortage of primary care providers and specialists,” IHA CEO A.J. Wilhelmi said in a statement. “This proposal will not only increase access to care, but also improve quality outcomes and reduce costs.”

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