BCBS of Rhode Island Temporary Provider Telemedicine/Telehealth and Telephone Only Services Payment Policy, March 23, 2020

“In adherence with the State of Rhode Island “Fourth Supplemental Emergency Declaration – Expanding Access to Telemedicine Services”, Executive Order 20-06 issued on March 18, 2020 along with the State of Rhode Island Office of Health Insurance Commissioner (“OHIC”) guidance Bulletin 2020-01, entitled “Emergency Telemedicine Measures to Address and Stop the Spread of COVID-19” issued on March 20, 2020, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is implementing several temporary changes to its telemedicine/telehealth policies and allowing for telephone only services while this policy is in effect in an effort to ensure our members are able to access appropriate care from providers while practicing social distancing.”