Florida Telemedicine Policy, Simplified.

Healthcare legislation is complicated. Let’s clarify a few things.

We strive to keep this information updated and current. It is intended to be an informative guide, and not a comprehensive legal resource. Always consult with your local team of experts and administrators.

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Florida Telemedicine Policy

updated October 2019

FloridaTelemedicine Policy

Although new telemedicine legislation has been brought to the Florida Senate, the bill wasn’t passed because lawmakers could not agree on whether out-of-state physicians should be allowed to treat Florida patients via telemedicine.

Even without a telehealth parity law in place, many healthcare providers are already actively using telehealth in their Florida practices. Florida’s Medicaid also reimburses doctors for live video telemedicine appointments.

State Policy Overview

Medicaid
   Private Payers*
Parity

Additional telemedicine in Florida information

  • Parity Laws

    There are no parity laws in Florida right now. All this means is that the state does not yet legally require private payers or Medicaid to cover telemedicine services the same way as in-person services.

    2019 Update: *Contracts between health insurers or health maintenance organizations and telehealth providers must be voluntary and must establish mutually acceptable payment rates or payment methodologies for services provided through telehealth. Any contract provision that distinguishes between payment rates or payment methodologies for services provided through telehealth and the same service provided without telehealth must be initialed by the telehealth provider.

    However, Florida’s Medicaid coverage and many private payers still do reimburse for some telemedicine services. Check back soon for updates!

  • Medicaid

    The state of Florida considers telemedicine “the use of telecommunication and/or information technology to provide clinical care to individuals at a distance, and transmit the information needed to provide care.” 

  • Type of Telemedicine Covered

    Currently, Florida Medicaid reimburses for live video telemedicine (think secure videochat).

  • Covered Health Services

    Florida’s Medicaid program allows providers to deliver certain behavioral health services via telemedicine. For more details see the Community Behavioral Health Services Fee Schedule.

  • Eligible Healthcare Providers

    Only physicians can receive reimbursement for telemedicine services.

  • Online Prescriptions

    Florida policy says providers cannot prescribe controlled substances through telemedicine, except when treating psychiatric disorders or caring for hospitalized patients. Before writing the prescription, the doctor must complete a patient evaluation and take their medical history to establish a diagnosis. 

  • Informed Patient Consent

    Florida currently has no stated regulations on getting patient consent prior to the telemedicine visit.

  • Physician-Patient Relationship

    A physician-patient relationship can be established through telemedicine.

  • Cross-State Telemedicine Licensing

    There is no interstate licensing available for Florida yet. Check back for updates!

  • Restrictions on Locations

    According to the Center for Connected Health Policy, Florida currently has no restrictions on the patient location at the time of the visit.

  • Billing Codes

    To bill for telemedicine, Florida providers should use consultation codes 99241 through 99255, along with the GT modifier to indicate telemedicine. When billing for behavioral health services, reference the Community Behavioral Health Services Fee Schedule.

  • Helpful Resources

    We used the sites below to gather information for this guide. Check them out for more details on your state’s policy!

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