IMPLEMENTATION OF OKLAHOMA TELEPSYCHIATRY
Implementing a telepsychiatry program in Oklahoma is relatively easy to do with basic knowledge of how it works. By giving informed consent, any patient is eligible to receive healthcare via telemedicine. Physicians treating patients in Oklahoma through telemedicine services must be fully licensed in the state of Oklahoma. There are many successful telepsychiatry programs in Oklahoma that can serve as great models for other health systems planning to implement telemedicine services.
RULES & REGULATIONS FOR OKLAHOMA TELEMED
According to Oklahoma regulations, “Telemedicine means the practice of healthcare delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment… Telemedicine is not a consultation provided by telephone, facsimile machine nor does it include administrative applications such as billing contracted services, security systems, etc.”
Telemedicine physicians must establish a relationship with their patient, but are not subject to the face-to-face requirement. Patients in Oklahoma are allowed to receive telemedicine services outside of Oklahoma when medically necessary. However, out-of-state providers must comply with all laws and regulations of the provider’s location, including healthcare and telemedicine requirements.
TELEMED REIMBURSEMENT IN OKLAHOMA
The coverage of telemedicine services are required by Oklahoma statute. This includes live video, by health service plans, disability insurer programs, workers’ compensation programs, and state managed Medicaid managed program contracts. Private payers also have the same requirements.
TSoonerCare (Oklahoma’s Medicaid program) reimburses for live video when the GT modifier is billed. Furthermore, proper documentation to include services rendered, location and services provided via telemedicine must also be maintained.