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Last Updated 9/21/2021

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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 1, 2020 and June 30 of 2021.  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.  This grant has been extended until December 31, 2021.

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

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  • AMA Releases Four New BHI How-to Guides
    The AMA has released four new practice guides that equip physician practices and health systems with practical strategies for overcoming obstacles to accessible and equitable treatment for patients’ behavioral, mental, and physical health needs. These guides focus on four key areas of effective integrated care: practice workflow design, pharmacological treatment, substance use disorder, and suicide prevention. Additionally, the BHI Compendium, which serves as a tool to help provide a proven pathway for delivering integrated behavioral care, has also been enhanced with additional resources and practice case studies ensuring physician practices and health systems have the most recent, actionable information at their disposal.

  • American Medical Association Telehealth Use Survey
    The AMA is conducting a survey to assess the current landscape and use of telehealth among physicians and other health care practitioners. The goal is to learn more about physicians’ experience with telehealth, including ongoing challenges, benefits, and opportunities. Survey results will help inform future telehealth research and advocacy, resource development, and continued support for physicians, practices, and health systems. The survey will close on December 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

  • AMA to Host Mini-Boot Camp Focused on Highlights from the 2021 Telehealth Immersion Program
    The AMA will host a Telehealth Immersion Program mini-boot camp from 5-7 p.m. ET. on December 7 that will provide participants with a recap of the 2021 Telehealth Immersion Program, highlight physician and practice wins, and provide an overview of the telehealth landscape for the future, including key policy changes for 2022.

  • March 17, 2020 - AMA applauds Medicare telemedicine policy change during pandemic

  • Effective February 1, 2021 CareFirst will cover remote physiologic monitoring for patients discharged from an inpatient facility or emergency room where a diagnosis of heart failure, chronic hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, or COVID-19 is on the claim. Remote patient monitoring must be ordered within 60 days of the patient’s discharge date or emergency room visit and requires a prescription from either the discharging provider or the patient’s primary care or specialty care provider. Detailed information, including a list of diagnoses covered, is available in our Medical Policy Reference Manual, medical policy number 2.01.084 Remote Patient Monitoring.

  • 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.