HB 659

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to Medicaid telebehavioral health
3services; amending s. 409.906, F.S.; directing the
4Agency for Health Care Administration to implement
5additional optional Medicaid mental health services;
6providing requirements for delivery of telebehavioral
7health services; defining the term "telebehavioral
8health services"; providing an effective date.
10Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
12     Section 1.  Paragraph (c) is added to subsection (8) of
13section 409.906, Florida Statutes, to read:
14     409.906  Optional Medicaid services.-Subject to specific
15appropriations, the agency may make payments for services which
16are optional to the state under Title XIX of the Social Security
17Act and are furnished by Medicaid providers to recipients who
18are determined to be eligible on the dates on which the services
19were provided. Any optional service that is provided shall be
20provided only when medically necessary and in accordance with
21state and federal law. Optional services rendered by providers
22in mobile units to Medicaid recipients may be restricted or
23prohibited by the agency. Nothing in this section shall be
24construed to prevent or limit the agency from adjusting fees,
25reimbursement rates, lengths of stay, number of visits, or
26number of services, or making any other adjustments necessary to
27comply with the availability of moneys and any limitations or
28directions provided for in the General Appropriations Act or
29chapter 216. If necessary to safeguard the state's systems of
30providing services to elderly and disabled persons and subject
31to the notice and review provisions of s. 216.177, the Governor
32may direct the Agency for Health Care Administration to amend
33the Medicaid state plan to delete the optional Medicaid service
34known as "Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally
35Disabled." Optional services may include:
37     (c)  The agency is directed to implement telebehavioral
38health services by licensed mental health practitioners as
39authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for
40all community behavioral health care services except for those
41services that require physical contact, such as physical
42examinations. Telebehavioral health care services may be
43delivered only by a person who is licensed under chapter 491 and
44who provides the telebehavioral health services from a location
45within the state. The agency shall also seek authorization from
46the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to permit the
47delivery of telebehavioral health services by any person
48currently authorized to deliver such care. As used in this
49paragraph, the term "telebehavioral health services" means the
50use of electronic information and telecommunications
51technologies to provide behavioral health services.
52     Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.

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