Presence Health Supported Bill Would Help Tele-Psychiatry Patients with Medicaid Reimbursement, Service Access, Protecting Privacy and Potentially Improved Outcomes
(Chicago, IL) – Last Wednesday (March 8), Presence Health supported House Bill 2907 passed, with a unanimous 12-0 vote, out of the Illinois House Human Services (HHS) Committee in Springfield. The bill would remove the requirement that a licensed health professional be in the room for an entire TelePsychiatry visit in order for the clinic to be reimbursed by Medicaid. Additional benefits provided by the bill include protection of a patient’s right to privacy, thereby increasing the likelihood of successful treatment and progress, and improved access to mental health specialists.
After Illinois State Representative Patricia R. Bellock (47th District) introduced the bill to the HHS Committee, Presence Health System Director Telehealth Strategy and Development Laura Messineo provided testimony and took questions from committee members. Regarding what the bill will provide patients once finally passed Messineo commented, “Currently, 37 states including Washington, D.C. do not require a licensed health professional to be in the room for the entire TelePsychiatry visit to be reimbursed. In seeking to remove this requirement for Illinois, HB 2907 also improves access along with protecting our patient’s privacy rights while increasing the chance that their treatment will be successful.”
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