The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), in partnership with the Governor’s Office, has executed emergency rules to expand and enhance telehealth options for Ohioans, their physicians, and other health care providers as part of the emergent response to COVID-19.
This is a regulatory change that Medicaid is enacting to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for patients, their families, and the healthcare workforce. The emergency Ohio Administrative Code Rules for Medicaid and the MIT BITS stakeholder information release are available to review. Questions about Medicaid coverage, billing, and reimbursement under the new policy can be emailed to BH-Enroll@medicaid.ohio.gov.
In addition, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has executed emergency rules to relax regulations so that more people can be served safely in their homes rather than needing to travel to addiction and mental health treatment centers. For questions related to changes to the OhioMHAS interactive videoconferencing policy as well as questions related to clinical and technical implementation of telehealth, please email COVID19BHTelehealth@mha.ohio.gov.
OhioMHAS will also be providing training and technical assistance on the clinical and technical implementation of telehealth. Additional information will be forthcoming. Resources related to telehealth may be found on the OhioMHAS website.
ODM and OhioMHAS staff will offer training and technical assistance related to the rules via webinar to any interested parties. Additional information on the webinar will be forthcoming.