Telemedicine - Provider Information

Please check this page regularly as updates and changes to the telemedicine policy will be announced here.

COVID-19 State of Emergency Changes to Telemedicine Services

To facilitate the safe delivery of health care services to members throughout the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Department is authorizing three temporary changes to the existing telemedicine policy. See Health First Colorado Announces Telemedicine Changes for more information.

  1. Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, and Indian Health Services
    For the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency, Health First Colorado is allowing telemedicine visits to qualify as billable encounters for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinic (RHCs), and Indian Health Services (IHS). Services allowed under telemedicine may be provided via telephone, live chat, or interactive audiovisual modality for these provider types.
  2. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Home Health, Hospice and Pediatric Behavioral Health Providers
    Health First Colorado has expanded the list of providers eligible to deliver telemedicine services to include physical therapists, occupational therapists, hospice, home health providers and pediatric behavioral health providers.
    1. Home Health Agency services and therapies, Hospice, and Pediatric Behavioral Treatment may be provided via telephone-only.
    2. Outpatient Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy services must have an interactive audio/visual connection with the member to be provided via telemedicine.
Telemedicine is covered for behavioral health providers under the capitated behavioral health benefit administered by the Regional Accountable Entities (RAEs). Behavioral health providers should contact their RAE for guidance. Visit the Accountable Care Collaborative Phase II web page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions
What constitutes a valid patient consent signature?
Providers must document the member's consent, either verbal or written, to receive telemedicine services.
Can providers bill HCPCS Q3014 when the provider is delivering the care from a clinical setting?
Q3014 should be billed by a provider at the originating site. The originating site is the location of the patient at the time the service is being furnished via a telemedicine modality.

If the member is not physically present at the site, then the Q3014 code would not be appropriate.

For providers other than FQHCs: If a patient receives a covered service and also is connected with a distant provider via telemedicine during the visit, then Q3014 may be billed in addition to the services provided during that visit.

For FQHCs: If a patient is at an FQHC and receives a covered service and also is connected with a distant provider via telemedicine, the FQHC can only submit a claim for an encounter. All services provided during the visit are included in the encounter payment and that would include Q3014. The only way an FQHC would receive the Q3014 payment is if there is no payable encounter for the patient on that day.

Can providers work from home (e.g. Dr. is quarantined) but still provide telemedicine services?
Yes. The distant provider may participate in the telemedicine interaction from any appropriate location.
If my patient has private insurance (third party liability, TPL) that doesn\'t cover the telemedicine visit, will Health First Colorado (Colorado Medicaid) still cover it?
Yes. Standard TPL policy still applies. See theGeneral Provider Manual for details.
Early Intervention Providers
How does telemedicine work for Early Intervention therapies?
Telemedicine is a method of delivering services remotely. Is it not a distinct service itself, therefore it does not have a distinct billing CPT code. In order to bill a CPT which is delivered using telemedicine the service should meet the same standard of care as if it were delivered in-person.
Are short telephone call check-ins with the family billable to Medicaid (Health First Colorado)?
No. Short telephone only check ins with the family are not a billable service at this time.
Are telephone-only therapy services billable to Medicaid when they meet the minimum time thresholds for billing?
No. Telephone-only physical, occupational, and speech therapy services are not billable to Medicaid (regardless of the time spent). Telemedicine PT, OT, ST requires an audio/visual connection with the member.
Is a new, or second, Prior Authorization Request (PAR) required to provide telemedicine visits?
No. Professional claims may use Place of Service code 02 without needing a PAR changed. Place of Service does not need to be entered when submitting a PAR. Institutional claims for Home Health Agencies do not have the Place of Service field.
Will new or existing Prior Authorization Requests require modifier GT to be indicated?
No. Modifier GT does not need to be on the PAR for it to be billed on a claim.
Is Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) required for telemedicine?
Not at this time.
Should documentation be any different for services delivered with telemedicine?
No. The same documentation standards apply for services delivered with telemedicine as they would in-person. Documentation should state that services were delivered with telemedicine.
Is a notation of the verbal parental consent on the IFSP acceptable for the Prior Authorization process?
Yes, for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Are verbal signatures on the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) for Prior Authorization acceptable?
Yes. Providers may indicate a verbal signature for the IFSP during the PAR process. Ink signatures are not required.
Indian Health Services
Is modifier GT required to be on a claim for telemedicine-delivered services?
No. Appending modifier GT to a line item is optional but encouraged.
Do telephone-only visits qualify as an encounter claim submission?
Yes.
Outpatient Hospitals
Is modifier 95 required?
No. Outpatient Hospitals are required to use modifier GT on claims for telemedicine therapies. Modifier 95 is not required but may be optionally used.
Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Providers
Can therapy assistants provide telemedicine?
Yes,however DORA supervision rules are still applicable to telemedicine visits.
 
Will new/existing Prior Authorization Requests require telemedicine Place of Service 02 to be indicated?
No. The Place of Service field in the request does not need to be populated.
Will new or existing Prior Authorization Requests require modifier GT to be indicated?
No. Modifier GT does not need to be on the Prior Authorization Request for it to be billed on a claim.
Is modifier GT required to be on a claim for telemedicine-delivered services?
For CMS1500 claim types, modifier GT is not required. It can optionally be used for certain codes that are indicated in the telemedicine billing manual. Modifier GT gives extra payment for certain codes.

For UB-04 claim types, modifier GT is required for Home Health Agencies, Hospice, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, and Outpatient Hospitals. Modifier GT should be appended to each line item that was performed via telemedicine. Indian Health Services providers should refer to specific guidance elsewhere in the FAQ.

Requirements for Telemedicine Services:

It is acceptable to use telemedicine to facilitate live contact directly between a member and a provider. Services can be provided between a member and a distant provider when a member is in their home or other location of their choice. Additionally, the distant provider may participate in the telemedicine interaction from any appropriate location.

Other standard requirements for telemedicine services include:

  1. The reimbursement rate for a telemedicine service shall, as a minimum, be set at the same rate as the medical assistance program rate for a comparable in-person service. [C. R. S. 2017, 25.5-5-320(2)].
  2. Providers may only bill procedure codes which they are already eligible to bill.
  3. Any health benefits provided through telemedicine shall meet the same standard of care as in-person care.
  4. Providers must document the member's consent, either verbal or written, to receive telemedicine services.
  5. Contact with the provider must be initiated by the member for the service rendered.
  6. The availability of services through telemedicine in no way alters the scope of practice of any health care provider, nor does it authorize the delivery of health care services in a setting or manner not otherwise authorized by law.
  7. Services not otherwise covered by Health First Colorado are not covered when delivered via telemedicine.
  8. The use of telemedicine does not change prior authorization requirements that have been established for the services being provided.
  9. Record-keeping and patient privacy standards should comply with normal Medicaid requirements and HIPAA.Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

Billing Guidance:
To receive reimbursement for telemedicine services, providers must follow the following billing practices:

  • UB-04 Institutional Claims - Providers must indicate that the service(s) were provided through telemedicine by appending modifier GT to the UB-04 institutional claim form with the service's usual billing codes. This identifies the service as provided via telemedicine during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
  • CMS 1500 Professional Claims - Place of Service code 02 must be indicated on all CMS 1500 professional claims for telemedicine. Only specific CPT/HCPCS are allowed (see below).

Place of Service 02 (telemedicine)

Place of Service 02 should be used to report services delivered via telecommunication, where the member may be in their home and the provider may be at their office. The following list of CPT/HCPCS codes may be billed using Place of Service code 02:

Procedure Code | Date Allowed for Telemedicine | Allowed for FQHC, RHC, IHS Telemedicine Billing | Allowed for Outpatient Hospital Telemedicine Billing
76801 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
76802 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
76805 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
76811 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
76812 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
76813 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
76814 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
76815 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
76816 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
76817 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90791 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90792 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90832 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90833 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90834 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90836 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90837 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90838 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90839 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90840 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90846 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90847 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90849 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90853 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
90863 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
92507 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
92508 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
92521 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
92522 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
92523 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
92524 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
92526 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
92606 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
92607 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
92608 March 20, 2020 No Yes
92609 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
92610 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
92630 March 20, 2020 Yes No
92633 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96040 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96101 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96102 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96110 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
96111 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
96112 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
96113 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
96116 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96118 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96119 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96121 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96125 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96130 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96131 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96132 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96133 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96136 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96137 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96138 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96139 March 20, 2020 Yes No
96146 March 20, 2020 Yes No
97110 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97112 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97129 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97130 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97140 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97150 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97151 March 20, 2020 Yes No
97153 March 20, 2020 Yes No
97154 March 20, 2020 Yes No
97155 March 20, 2020 Yes No
97158 March 20, 2020 Yes No
97161 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97162 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97163 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97164 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97165 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97166 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97167 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97168 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97530 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97533 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97535 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97537 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97542 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97755 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97760 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97761 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97763 March 20, 2020 Yes Yes
97802 March 20, 2020 Yes No
97803 March 20, 2020 Yes No
97804 March 20, 2020 Yes No
98966 March 20, 2020 Yes No
98967 March 20, 2020 Yes No
98968 March 20, 2020 Yes No
99201 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
99202 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
99203 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
99204 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
99205 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
99211 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
99212 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
99213 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
99214 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
99215 Prior to March 20, 2020 Yes No
99382 November 12, 2020 Yes No
99383 November 12, 2020 Yes No
99384 November 12, 2020 Yes No
99392 November 12, 2020 Yes No
99393 November 12, 2020 Yes No
99394 November 12, 2020 Yes No
99401 March 20, 2020 Yes No
99402 March 20, 2020 Yes No
99403 March 20, 2020 Yes No
99404 March 20, 2020 Yes No
99406 March 20, 2020 Yes No
99407 March 20, 2020 Yes No
99408 March 20, 2020 Yes No
99409 March 20, 2020 Yes No
99417 January 1, 2021 Yes No
99441 March 20, 2020 Yes No
99442 March 20, 2020 Yes No
99443 March 20, 2020 Yes No
G0108 March 20, 2020 Yes No
G0109 March 20, 2020 Yes No
G8431 March 20, 2020 Yes No
G8510 March 20, 2020 Yes No
G9006 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H0001 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H0002 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H0004 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H0006 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H0025 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H0031 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H0032 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H0049 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H1005 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H2000 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H2011 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H2015 March 20, 2020 Yes No
H2016 March 20, 2020 Yes No
S9445 March 20, 2020 Yes No
S9485 March 20, 2020 Yes No
T1017 March 20, 2020 Yes No
V5011 March 20, 2020 Yes No

Health First Colorado has added temporary coverage of well-child check-ups provided via telemedicine during the public health emergency for COVID-19. Effective November 12, 2020, Health First Colorado will reimburse providers for well-child check-up visits with procedure codes 99382, 99383, 99384, 99392, 99393, 99394 via telemedicine for children between the ages of 2 and 18. Place of Service 02 must be indicated on all CMS 1500 professional claims for well-child check-ups delivered via telemedicine.

Providers are encouraged to complete the physical examination the next time the member is seen in person. Fee for service providers who perform a physical examination within 4 months of the telemedicine well-child check-up should void the previously paid claim with the Place of Service 02 and resubmit for payment of the well-child check-up using the date of service of the physical examination. Due to the nature of their billing, FQHC/RHCs and IHS/Tribal 638 providers do not need to void a previous encounter when a physical examination is performed within 4 months of the telemedicine well-child check-up. FQHC/RHC and IHS/Tribal 638 providers must indicate the well-child check-up provided through telemedicine by appending modifier GT to the UB-04 institutional claim form with the service's usual billing codes.

What Health First Colorado services are reimbursed using telemedicine?

Any Health First Colorado covered physician services that are within the scope of a provider's practice and training and appropriate for telemedicine may be rendered via telemedicine.

Telemedicine is the delivery of medical services and any diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of medical data or education related to health care services using interactive audio or interactive video communication instead of in-person contact.

  • Physician services may be provided as telemedicine.
  • Providers may only bill procedure codes, which they are already eligible to bill.
  • Any health benefits provided through telemedicine shall meet the same standard of care as in-person care.

Services not otherwise covered by Health First Colorado are not covered when delivered via telemedicine. Additionally, the use of telemedicine does not change prior authorization requirements that have been established for the services being provided.

Telemedicine does not include consultations provided by facsimile machines, text, email or instant messaging.

Confidentiality

  • Same standard of care as in-person care. Record keeping and patient privacy standards should comply with normal Medicaid requirements and HIPAA.

How do I bill for telemedicine services?

  1. A single provider may bill a service with Place of Service 02, for professional claims, when the member is not physically present in the provider's office and services are rendered through telemedicine. See the coding table below. Place of Service 02 (Telehealth) should be used for all telemedicine visits.
  2. When two providers are involved, one provider can be reimbursed as the "originating provider" where the member is present with the provider at the "originating site" and that originating provider is consulting with a "distant provider". Another provider can also be reimbursed as a "distant provider" for any covered Telemedicine Services. See the description at the bottom of this page.

Originating/Distant Providers and Q3014

Origination providers:

  • An originating provider that only makes a room and telecommunications equipment available and is not providing clinical services bills Q3014 (telemedicine originating site facility fee).
  • If the originating provider also provides clinical services to the member, the provider bills the appropriate procedure code in addition to Q3014.

Distant Providers:

  • All distant providers bill the appropriate procedure code and Place of Service 02 on the CMS 1500 paper claim form or as an 837P transaction.

Where can I get more information about telemedicine?

The Telemedicine Billing Manual, located on the Billing Manuals web page under the CMS 1500 dropdown, provides information on covered services, billing, reimbursement, and confidentiality requirements.

Telemedicine Utilization Data

Overview

In compliance with SB20-212, the presentation linked below displays data on telemedicine utilization in Health First Colorado. The data is for services rendered during the period of July 1, 2019, through May 16, 2020. The services in this dashboard are limited to the services eligible for telemedicine reimbursement. Services that are not eligible for telemedicine reimbursement are not included in this data. The data is not adjusted for changes in caseload.

  • SB 20-212 Data Slideshow - Posted January 28, 2021. This shows data from January 5, 2020, through November 28, 2020. The data are on a slight lag in order to allow more time for providers to submit claims for services rendered during the time period.

Data displayed in orange in the graphs represent fee-for-service telemedicine services. Data displayed in blue represent non-telemedicine services. For each provider type grouping, telemedicine data (in orange) is displayed by:

  • Eligibility Category:These are groups used by the Department to organize members into categories based on their eligibility type. The data are sorted by the total paid amount for telemedicine services received by members in the eligibility category. A hierarchy is used to determine which eligibility group a member is categorized into. For example, a child with disabilities would fall into the members with disabilities group rather than the children group. Members over 65 and with a disability, however, would fall into the Adults 65 and Older group. Retroactively eligible refers to members who were not yet determined eligible for Health First Colorado on the date of their service, but who later received coverage that extends back to their date of service.
  • Age Group:Member's age group at time of service. The data are sorted by total paid amount for telemedicine services received by members in that age category.
  • Billing Provider Type:Provides a further level of detail of the provider category. Provider Type is the classification of how a provider enrolls with Health First Colorado. The data are sorted by total paid amount for telemedicine services billed by the detailed provider type.
  • Procedure Codes:These are the CPT/HCPCS codes billed by providers to Health First Colorado as being delivered via telemedicine. The data are sorted by total dollar amount billed for telemedicine services under that code.
  • Benefit Category:Displays the total paid amount paid for services delivered by telemedicine in the selected benefit category.
  • Primary Diagnosis Codes:This is the primary diagnosis code listed on the billed telemedicine claim. The data are sorted by total dollar amount billed for telemedicine services under that code.
  • Member County Map:The map displays the total paid amount for members who received a telemedicine service by county. Dark orange indicates a higher paid amount, light orange indicates lower paid amounts. This is based on the county of residence for each member.
  • Trend Over Time:The data in this bar graph are actual paid amounts for services in the time period identified. The bar graph shows what portion of telemedicine eligible services were delivered via telemedicine as opposed to in-person care. Paid amounts are in actual totals - meaning these are services that have been provided and paid for. This means they do not include services that have been provided but have not yet been paid for.

Provider Types

The data is broken out into the following provider types:

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Rural Health Clinics
  • Indian Health Services. Please note this data is limited to the overall trend due to small sample sizes.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant/Registered Nurse Home Health
  • Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Home Health
  • Speech Therapy Home Health
  • Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Other medical/professional providers. These are providers with professional claims billing for CPT/HCPCS that are allowed with place of service 02 (telemedicine), excluding those providers already covered in groups above. The most common provider types covered in this category are clinics, pediatric behavioral therapists, nurse practitioners, and physicians.