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The Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers' Compensation announced Friday that it is accepting comments on a proposed rule that would expand the accessibility of telemedicine services to injured workers throughout the state.
Specifically, the rule would expand the accessibility of telemedicine services in the Texas workers compensation system by allowing health care providers to bill and be reimbursed for telemedicine services regardless of where the injured employee is located at the time the services are delivered, according to a memorandum.
Under a draft of the proposed rule, health care providers would have to follow applicable Medicare payment policies and billing provisions found throughout existing rules when billing for telemedicine services. Also under the new rule, an exception would remove any limitation on the geographic area or location of the injured employee outlined by Medicare. Instead, a health care provider would be able to bill and be reimbursed for telemedicine services with no restriction on where the injured employee is at the time the services are delivered, according to the memorandum.
The comment period closes Oct. 23.
Washington state legislators are considering a bill that would require the state’s Department of Labor & Industries to pay for telemedicine services under workers compensation claims.