Telehealth Guidance

On April 6, 2020, the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-06M, which provides telehealth and pharmacy audit guidance in relation to the state’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response. The memo is directed at health insurers and other health entities regulated by the OIR, and all pharmacy benefit managers registered in the state.

As background, prior Executive Orders 20-51 and 20-52 established COVID-19 protocols and declared a state of emergency in the state. The purpose of the current memo is to encourage the health care industry to use technology to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

This communication follows actions taken by the CMS to expand access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries. Additionally, the Florida Department of Health temporarily suspended certain restrictions on the use of telehealth services by health care professionals licensed both in and out of state who are providing care to state residents.

The current memo encourages all health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and other health entities to broaden access to telehealth services and to remove any existing impediments for residents seeking to use such services. Furthermore, it requests that these entities change to an electronic pharmacy audit process in order to avoid unnecessary exposure and maintain social distancing.

Although the memo is directed at insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, employers may wish to be aware of these developments.

Informational Memorandum OIR-20-06M »