Telepsychiatry in Florida

Telepsychiatry can be used to augment behavioral health services in a variety of facilities including hospitals, federally qualified health centers, community clinics, correctional facilities, outpatient offices, primary care offices, crisis centers, schools, geriatric facilities and more. 

Reimbursement 

  • Medicaid 
    • FL Medicaid reimburses for real time, two-way, interactive telemedicine 
  • Medicare 
    • Medicare only reimburses for telehealth services that are provided to a patient at one of 11 outlined originating sites and that site has to be located in a health professional shortage area (HPSA) or a county outside a metropolitan statistical area (MSA).  
  • Private Payers 
    • There’s no parity law in place but insurers and providers can agree on payment rates and payment methodologies for telehealth delivered services 

Telemedicine Prescribing 

  • Florida only allows the prescribing of controlled substances via telehealth if the substance is being prescribed for: 
    • The treatment of a psychiatric disorder 
    • Inpatient treatment at a hospital 
    • Treatment of a patient receiving hospice services 
    • Treatment of a nursing home resident  

Cross State Licensing 

  • Clinicians need to hold a Florida license in order to provide telepsychiatry services to patients located in Florida 
  • Florida is not yet a member of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) 
  • Florida is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact 

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