Telehealth guidance by state during COVID-19
State emergency orders relevant to licensed psychologists during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Status as of April 24, 2020
Existing state telehealth coverage mandate?
YES for commercial health plans; requires reimbursement parity; and allows audio-only phone
Del. Code Title 18, Ch. 33
Emergency state action on telehealth reimbursement parity?
CMS Section 1135 Medicaid Waiver approved 3/27/20 allows for reimbursement of payable claims by out of state licensed providers not enrolled in the state Medicaid program subject to certain conditions for the duration of the public health emergency.**
Emergency licensure waiver?
A joint order issued 3/24/20 by the Department of Health and Human Services and Emergency Management Agency allows out-of-state mental health providers with an active license to provide in-person and telemedicine mental health services. Further, all mental health providers who held a Delaware license within the last 5 years which is now inactive, expired or lapsed may provide services.
Online registration form is available.
Supervised Trainee Telehealth Services – Telesupervision and Medicaid Reimbursement
Trainees are not eligible to provide telehealth services as they are not licensed in Delaware (and those performing services from other jurisdictions are required to have an active license elsewhere). Postdoctoral students licensed as Psychology Assistants would be eligible to perform services.
For more information by state: https://www.apaservices.org/practice/clinic/covid-19-telehealth-state-summary