Spiker, D., Kelley, G., Shepherd, S., McCullough, K., & Greer, M. (2021). Telepractice for Part C early intervention services: Considerations for effective implementation and Medicaid reimbursement. Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; SRI International.
During 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted in-person services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. As a result, states turned to remote service delivery, often referred to as telehealth or telepractice. In response to the public health crisis, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Medicaid waiver to support the provision of EI services through telepractice (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS waiver). Forty-seven (47) states already used Medicaid to reimburse Part C EI services, according to the Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association’s (ITCA) 2016 finance survey (2016 ITCA Finance Survey) Therefore, for most states, working with the state Medicaid office is a starting place to continue reimbursement for telepractice.