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Last Updated 7/27/2020


Grant Information

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) and the Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi) launched a grant program to provide independent physician practices with five or fewer members, a year of complimentary access to DrFirst’s Backline Telehealth platform for physicians who enroll between March 1st and December 31st of 2020.  DrFirst is a Maryland-based company that offers secure telehealth services. This collaboration will equip additional Maryland physicians with the technology they need to provide needed virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

    Fill out the
    and return it to MedChi via email to Andrea Mullin or mail to 1211 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 attn. Andrea Mullin.

    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) issued grants to qualified Management Services Organizations (MSO) to promote the adoption of telehealth.  Zane Networks was awarded one of these grants.  The purpose of this grant is to diffuse telehealth in practices statewide with an emphasis on workflow redesign that supports the use of telehealth technology to meet the increased need for virtual patient visits.  Maryland practices are eligible for this coaching service, which is available free of charge to practices.  Subject to availability of funds, each practice may receive a one-time $500 rebate to offset the administrative investment for adopting telehealth.  To qualify for the rebate, the practice must use the services of an MSO under this grant to adopt telehealth, complete a satisfaction survey and bill for three telehealth visits.

    This is a great opportunity to be provided with assistance on telehealth services, as well as, the $500 rebate for participation.


    If interested, please contact Andrea Mullin

  • Coronavirus Updates - Here's What You Need to Know

    As we navigate these challenging times, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and CareFirst BlueChoice Inc. (CareFirst) are committed to keeping you up to date on the steps we are taking to meet the health needs of our members and the communities we serve.

    In March CareFirst took a series of actions to help ensure that our members had access to the care and resources they needed. These actions included temporarily updating our telemedicine policies and coding guidelines.

    As providers and facilities resume patient care operations, CareFirst is reviewing and updating our temporary policy changes. To that end, CareFirst is extending our member cost share waiver for telemedicine visits through July 24. Additionally, we will continue to reimburse eligible providers for telephone consultations through July 24. After July 24, members will be responsible for copays, coinsurance and deductibles for non-COVID related telemedicine visits and we will no longer reimburse for CPT code 99441 or 98966. CareFirst will continue to waive cost sharing for in-network or out-of-network visits to a provider’s office, including telemedicine visits, related to diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 through September 30. For more information, review the telemedicine guidelines section of our Coronavirus Resource Center.