Kentucky Telemedicine Policy, Simplified.

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Kentucky Telemedicine Policy

updated October 2019

Kentucky Telemedicine Policy

Kentucky is a frontrunner in the expansion of telemedicine! Kentucky is one of only two state Medicaid programs that allow chiropractors to bill for telemedicine. 

In 2019 Kentucky Medicaid also approved a patient’s home as an originating site!

Scroll down for our comprehensive guide to Kentucky’s telemedicine policies.

State Policy Overview

Medicaid
Private Payers
Parity

Additional state telemedicine information

  • Parity Laws

    The Bluegrass State passed a private payer parity act back in 2000! This means that private payers in this state are legally obligated to cover telemedicine services the same as in-person medical services.

  • Medicaid

    KY Medicaid is required to reimburse for covered services provided to a Medicaid recipient through telehealth.

  • Type of Telemedicine Covered

    Kentucky Medicaid covers live video telemedicine, but unfortunately does not yet reimburse for store-and-forward solutions or remote patient monitoring.

  • Covered Health Services

    Kentucky Medicaid allows providers to deliver a variety of medical services via telemedicine, such as:

    • Standard consultations
    • Mental health evaluation and management services
    • Individual and group psychotherapy
    • Pharmacologic management
    • Psychiatric/psychological/mental health diagnostic interview examinations
    • Individual medical nutrition services
    • Teleradiology services

    Want more details? Check out the Kentucky State Medicaid Manual.

  • Eligible Healthcare Providers

    Kentucky Medicaid allows a long list of healthcare providers to practice telemedicine, such as:

    • Psychiatrist
    • Licensed clinical social worker
    • Psychologist
    • Licensed professional clinical counselor
    • Licensed marriage and family therapist
    • Physician
    • ARNP
    • Speech-language pathologist
    • Occupational therapist
    • Physical therapist
    • Dietician
    • Chiropractors
    • Nurses

  • Online Prescriptions

    A provider can submit an online prescription as long as there’s an established provider-patient relationship. Fortunately, with all health providers except Speech language pathologists, a telemedicine visit can be used to establish that provider-patient relationship. Kentucky law allows good faith prior examinations to be performed through a telehealth service.

  • Informed Patient Consent

    A patient’s written consent is required to do telemedicine. You can read more about how to do telemedicine-specific patient informed consent here.

  • Cross-State Telemedicine Licensing

    In order to practice telemedicine in Kentucky, providers must be fully licensed in Kentucky. Kentucky isn’t part of the Interstate medical license compact yet.

  • Restrictions on Locations

    Kentucky does not currently regulate where the patient must be located to receive telehealth care. 

  • Reimbursement Rates

    Except for telehealth services provided by Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners or Community Mental Health Clinics, Kentucky Medicaid reumburses telemedicine at the same rates as in-person services. To bill for telemedicine, use the appropriate CPT code, along with GT modifier to note telemedicine delivery.  See your Medicaid Provider Manual for more details. 

  • 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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