CareFirst Implements the Maryland Preserve Telehealth Access Act

Posted on 2021-07-08
Updated on 2021-07-08 09:00:00

The Maryland legislature passed the Maryland Preserve Telehealth Access Act of 2021, which is effective July 1, 2021. 

The Act expands the definition of telehealth to include appropriate audio-only calls, which result in the appropriate delivery of a billable, covered health care service. 

The mandate expands telehealth coverage to all professional provider types, but not all procedures.

Starting July 1, if a provider offers audio-only calls they will be paid for appropriate audio-only calls at the same rate as an in-person office visit, where applicable. This mandate expires June 30, 2023 and is applicable to patients enrolled in a fully insured Maryland benefit plan.

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