Medicaid Telehealth Toolkit Updated, Telehealth Utilization Snapshot Published

On Oct. 14, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) updated its Medicaid telehealth toolkit to include additional detail on telehealth modalities, tools to support states in analyzing and further developing telehealth benefits, and specific examples from several states. This comprehensive toolkit includes special considerations for pediatric populations and compiles a variety of other federal telehealth resources for states. Alongside the toolkit update, CMCS also released a data snapshot analyzing the dramatic increase in telehealth in Medicaid since the beginning of this year. The snapshot, derived from Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) data, shows telehealth utilization increasing over 2600% between January and June 2020, with significant increases across all age groups. The increases were most pronounced for adults aged 19 – 64.