On Wednesday, MSMS Past President Rose M. Ramirez, MD (Kent), and Misha Strauss Moore, Ph.D. (Washtenaw), testified in front of the Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee in support of Senate Bill 898 sponsored by Senator Adam J. Hollier (D-Detroit).
The proposed legislation would amend the Insurance Code to require an insurer to provide the same coverage for a service that was provided through telemedicine as if that service involved face-to-face contact between the health care professional and the patient.
"Senate Bill 898 simply provides parity in reimbursement for telehealth services as compared to the same provision provided in-person," said MSMS Past President Rose M. Ramirez, MD (Kent), during her testimony. "Adoption of this legislation ensures that physicians and other health care professionals who treat patients covered by private insurance are supported in their efforts to provide more convenient and timely access to their patients."
In her testimony, Doctor Moore said, "Telemedicine has been a powerful tool for maintaining safe access to care and when used correctly in the context of a patient centered medical home can be an important part of a strong health relationship between the primary care team and the patient. It would be an incredible mistake to allow a lesser reimbursement for this care delivered using this technology."
MSMS has advocated for reimbursement equity for telehealth visits by all Michigan payers; and supports SB898.