SALEM,OR- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business and Oregon Health Authority are providing those with new details to get better care and coverage with telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The two organizations have laid out the latest details as follows:
- Health plans should cover telehealth services delivered by in-network providers to replace in-person visits whenever possible and medically or clinically appropriate.
- Health plans shall ensure their members’ cost-sharing requirements (co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles) for services delivered via telehealth are no greater than if the service was delivered through in-person settings.
- Health plans shall clearly communicate to their members and provider networks about options to receive health care services via appropriate telehealth delivery modes
- Health plans shall use telehealth service delivery methods to ensure patients maintain access to behavioral health services.
“This is to serve as a clear guidance that, during this outbreak, telehealth services should be covered whenever possible and medically or clinically appropriate,” said Lou Savage, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. “We have an urgent need to contain the spread of this virus. One way to do that is by making sure Oregonians have access to the physical, mental, and behavioral health care services they need through multiple telehealth platforms.”
The guidance also includes expectations for provider reimbursement rates, that health plans examine their provider networks and consider contracting with more providers to bolster telehealth capacity, and to eliminate barriers to providing appropriate care by using telehealth services.
“Effectively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic includes being flexible about the ways we deliver physical and behavioral health services,” said Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority. “This guidance will ensure OHP members, as well as public employees and educators, have access to and know about their options to receive telehealth services and providers know they can deliver these services and will get reimbursed for them.”
If you have questions about using telehealth services, contact your insurance company or health care provider. If you have questions about an insurance company or agent or need to file a complaint, call the Division of Financial Regulation’s advocacy team at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on insurance and COVID-19 or to read the complete guidance, visit https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/health/understand/Pages/coronavirus.aspx.
For up-to-date information and resources on COVID-19, visit https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.