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Concerning telemedicine payment parity (Becker, Cleveland, Rivers)

Requires the office of financial management to establish a telemedicine payment parity pilot program to provide parity in reimbursement for certain health care services. Requires the state auditor's office to conduct an acturarial review of the pilot program. Requires certain health care professionals to complete telemedicine training created by the University of Washington telehealth services.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 1ST SUBSTITUTE:
Removes requirements that OFM establish a telemedicine payment parity pilot program. Directs the Collaborative to review the concept of telemedicine payment parity and develop recommendations on reimbursement methodologies for certain services. The Collaborative is further directed to develop recommended parameters for a three to five year pilot program. The Collaborative must report its recommendations to the health care committees of the legislature.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 -- 8:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6399&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)