Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) will post a list of providers approved for telemedicine services and telephonic telemedicine services for COVID-19 expanded services on Apr. 20, 2020. The list, named Telemedicine and Telephonic Telemedicine Provider List, can be accessed by logging in to your MN–ITS account and finding it within the Provider Lists link. The list will be updated each week on Monday.
The Minnesota Health Care Programs’ (MHCP) temporary expansion of coverage for telemedicine visits includes CCBHC services. The expansion of telemedicine coverage applies to CCBHCs that meet the requirements under Minnesota Statute 256B.0625 subdivision 3b, and the additional provider types and services listed on the recently approved Waivers and modifications webpage. Services provided via telemedicine according to all applicable requirements in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) section of the MHCP Provider Manual will satisfy the face-to-face requirement for services in the CCBHC scope of services table for the purpose of calculating the monthly wrap payment.
The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) approved a waiver to state statute to allow psychiatric care providers on ACT and IRMHS teams to temporarily provide via telemedicine.
Previous telemedicine waivers allowed the temporary use of telemedicine by mental health professionals and practitioners who were not directly prohibited from telemedicine by state statute. This waiver specifically allows the temporary use of telemedicine by psychiatric care providers on ACT and IRMHS teams who were directly prohibited from telemedicine by state statute. This ensures that the more than 2,400 members served by these teams will keep their access to important psychiatric mental health services such as assessment, medication management and symptom and risk monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The commissioner temporarily expanded telemedicine (including telephone and video visits) for Rule 25 assessments, comprehensive assessments, and group therapy. Please view the expanding telemedicine in health care, mental health, and substance use disorder settings waiver on our website.
Minnesota Health Care Programs has compiled a list of non-Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) learning sessions on using telecommunications technology as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving concerns with service providers in the field of mental health and substance use disorder. For learning sessions information, schedule and topics, see the following:
Telehealth Learning Series for SUD Tx and Recovery Support Providers – The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the Center for Excellence on Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI), the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada – Reno facilitate this training. Visit the Telehealth Learning Series for SUD Tx and Recovery Support Providers webpage for more information.
TLC Tuesdays (5 sessions) – Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) offers online training.
Grantees should contact their grant manager to discuss whether they can revise their grant budgets to pay for these costs.
In addition, the COVID-19 Telehealth Program provides $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the novel Coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Program will provide immediate support to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services until the program’s funds have been expended or the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. Please visit the website for more information.