South Dakota Medicaid Adds PTs and OTs to Telehealth

March 25, 2020
Rick Gawenda

On March 20, 2020, South Dakota Medicaid has added temporary coverage of occupational therapy and physical therapy via telemedicine for patients at high risk for COVID-19 or under quarantine or social distancing during a declared emergency for COVID-19. Therapy services may only utilize telemedicine if the patient and provider have previously met for in-person services. Use of telemedicine for the convenience of the provider or recipient is not covered.

South Dakota Medicaid has updated the Telemedicine Billing and Policy Manual to allow coverage for CPT codes 97530, 97110, and 97112. Telemedicine coverage is also available for school districts
under CPT codes 97799 and 97139. Providers must document the reason that telemedicine is
indicated and treatment modifications used to support delivery of occupational and physical therapy via telemedicine.

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