A California measure that would require health insurers to equally pay providers for virtual and in-person visits is on its way to implementation if signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
California Bill 744 would apply to all plans issued, amended or renewed on or after Jan. 1, 2021, and states that the health plan would need to reimburse at “the same basis and to the same extent” for either service.
Democratic assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry first introduced the measure in February.
Telehealth is a growing service in the home health industry and although there have been some reimbursement issues in the past, it is slowly being adopted.
CMS previously announced the expansion of the use of telehealth benefits in Medicare Advantage plans.