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ArMA Partners with CompuGroup Medical to provide Telemedicine to Arizona Physicians for Free
COVID-19 infections are being detected more and more in the United States. With the spread of infections, the fear of becoming infected increases—not only among the population, but also among you and your practice staff. After all, it is you who are in close physical contact with (potentially) infected people as part of medical treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding close contact with other people if there is a suspicion of coronavirus infection. The risk of infecting others is too great.
Free solution: video consultation
For the care of these (potentially) infected patients, video communication is a simple and, above all, safe solution for all parties. By using a video consultation, you can protect your patients and your team, but also yourself and your family from infection . In this acute crisis situation, CGM, therefore offers you CGM ELVI Telemedicine free for six months! This is a limited time offer. To learn more about this timely benefit, click here and/or call CGM's dedicated line for ArMA members at (602) 680-2255.
Click here to get access to ArMA's telemedicine guidance for Arizona physicians. You will find critical information regarding insurance coverage for telehealth services and more. The American Medical Association (AMA) has also crafted a useful guide on how you can implement telemedicine in your practice today.
Telemedicine cannot take the place of testing your patients. However, it can help doctors make special arragnements to safely receive a patient who is sick and suspects the virus may be involved.
Governor Ducey's Executive Order
The Governor's Executive Order is aimed at protecting Arizonans and high-risk populations. The order provides the following:
You can view the full executive order by clicking here.
Physicians are encouraged to know the resources that are available to them. ArMA has created a COVID-19 webpage with our communications team providing updates every day. ArMA members are also encouraged to participate in our member online community to connect with physicians across Arizona.
CMS Telemedicine Services Coverage
For the most up to date information on this topic, it is recommended physicians frequently visit the CMS website.
AHCCCS Announces They Will Cover Telemedicine Visits
This includes those initiated from the patient's home. For further guidance from AHCCCS, please click here.
Licensure and liability insurance rules apply equally to in-person visits and telemedicine visits.
To practice telemedicine, doctors often must possess a medical license not only in their home state but in each state where they serve patients. Professional libility coverage may be similarly limited. Be sure to check with your patient to verify their state of residence. This is not to be considered legal advice, but to provide you with enough information for you to perform due diligence. Even if you saw your patient last month, if they have moved their primary residence to another state, you most likely need to be licensed in that state 'see' them via telemedicine.
Arizona licensure rules may prohibit prescribing of medications to patients located outside the state of Arizona.
Again, these requirements are evolving, but check to be sure you are in compliance at the time of service.
The Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona (MICA) is a trusted partner of ArMA. MICA has provided the following statement pertaining to liability.
MICA has received an increased number of questions from our insureds and practice managers about their medical professional liability coverage and if it extends to the use of telemedicine. The MICA policy provides coverage to our insureds for patient treatment, including telemedicine, that is within the scope of the health care professional’s medical practice. The health care professional needs to be aware of state licensing requirements if they are treating patients in states other than where they are currently licensed. MICA coverage will apply for licensed insureds providing telemedicine services to patients located in Arizona, Utah, Nevada or Colorado. If your practice extends beyond those states, please contact customer service at (602) 808-2111 to discuss your situation further.