Telehealth Services During COVID-19 Outbreak

March 23, 2020
Telehealth Services During COVID-19 Outbreak

QualChoice is making it easier for Arkansans to get the medical care they need through telemedicine and telephonic technologies. This will allow members to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant remotely by using an audio-visual communication system.

Dear QualChoice Providers,

Thank you for your continued partnership. In order to ensure that all QualChoice members have needed access to care, we are increasing the scope and scale of our use of telehealth services for all products for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.  These coverage expansions will benefit not only members who have contracted or been exposed to the novel coronavirus, but also those members who need to seek care unrelated to COVID-19 and wish to avoid clinical settings and other public spaces.

Effective immediately, the policies we are implementing include:

  • Continuation of zero member liability (copays, cost sharing, etc.) for care delivered via telehealth*
  • Any services that can be delivered virtually will be eligible for telehealth coverage
  • All prior authorization requirements for telehealth services will be lifted for dates of service from March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2020
  • Telehealth services may be delivered by providers with any connection technology to ensure patient access to care**

Providers who have delivered care via telehealth should reflect it on their claim form by following standard Arkansas telehealth billing protocols.

We believe that these measures will help our members maintain access to quality, affordable healthcare while maintaining the CDC’s recommended distance from public spaces and groups of people. 

Again, we thank you for your commitment to the care and wellbeing of our members, as well as to the communities we share. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Provider Relations representative with any questions you may have.





*Please note: For Health Savings Account (HSA)-Qualified plans, IRS guidance is pending as to deductible application requirements for telehealth/telemedicine related services. 

 **Providers should follow state and federal guidelines regarding performance of telehealth services including permitted modalities.