Wisconsin reimbursement for telemedicine PDF Print E-mail

Wisconsin pays for the physicians fee + the facility fee.

For more information see the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (See telemedicine section)

Excerpt appears below.

Reimbursable Telemedicine Services

The following individual providers are reimbursed for selected telemedicine-based services:

  • Physicians and physician clinics.
  • RHCs.
  • FQHCs.
  • Physician assistants.
  • Nurse practitioners.
  • Nurse midwives.
  • Psychiatrists in private practice.
  • Ph.D. psychologists in private practice.

These providers may be reimbursed, as appropriate, for the following services provided through telemedicine:

  • Office or other outpatient services (CPT procedure codes 99201-99205, 99211-99215).
  • Office or other outpatient consultations (CPT codes 99241-99245).
  • Initial inpatient consultations (CPT codes 99251-99255).
  • Outpatient mental health services (CPT codes 90801-90849, 90862, 90875, 90876, and 90887).
  • Health and behavior assessment/intervention (CPT codes 96150-96152, 96154-96155).
  • ESRD-related services (CPT codes 90951-90952, 90954-90958, 90960-90961).
  • Outpatient substance abuse services (HCPCS codes H0022, H0047, T1006).

Reimbursement for these services is subject to the same restrictions as face-to-face contacts (e.g., POS, allowable providers, multiple service limitations, PA).

Claims for services performed via telemedicine must include HCPCS modifier "GT" (via interactive audio and video telecommunication systems) with the appropriate procedure code and must be submitted on the 837P transaction or 1500 Health Insurance Claim Form paper claim form. Reimbursement is the same for these services whether they are performed face-to-face or through telemedicine.

Only one eligible provider may be reimbursed per member per DOS for a service provided through telemedicine unless it is medically necessary for the participation of more than one provider. Justification for the participation of the additional provider must be included in the member's medical record.

Separate services provided by separate specialists for the same member at different times on the same DOS may be reimbursed separately.

Services Provided by Ancillary Providers

Claims for services provided through telemedicine by ancillary providers should continue to be submitted under the supervising physician's NPI using the lowest appropriate level office or outpatient visit procedure code or other appropriate CPT code for the service performed. These services must be provided under the direct on-site supervision of a physician and documented in the same manner as face-to-face services. Coverage is limited to procedure codes 99211 or 99212, as appropriate.

Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics

Telemedicine may be reported as an encounter on the cost settlement report for both RHCs and FQHCs when both of the following are true:

  • The RHC or FQHC is the distant site.
  • The member is an established patient of the RHC or FQHC at the time of the telemedicine service.

Members Located in Nursing Homes

Claims for telemedicine services where the originating site is a nursing home should be submitted with the appropriate level office visit or consultation procedure code.

Out-of-State Providers

Out-of-state providers, except border-status providers, are required to obtain PA before delivering telemedicine-based services to Wisconsin Medicaid members.

Documentation Requirements

All telemedicine services must be thoroughly documented in the member's medical record in the same way as if it were performed as a face-to-face service.

Eligible Members

All members are eligible to receive services through telemedicine. Providers may not require the use of telemedicine as a condition of treating the member. Providers should develop their own methods of informed consent verifying that the member agrees to receive services via telemedicine.

Telemedicine and Enhanced Reimbursement

Providers may receive enhanced reimbursement for pediatric services (services for members 18 years of age and under) and HPSA-eligible services performed via telemedicine in the same manner as face-to-face contacts. As with face-to-face visits, HPSA-enhanced reimbursement is allowed when either the member resides in or the provider is located in a HPSA-eligible ZIP code. Providers may submit claims for services performed through telemedicine that qualify for pediatric or HPSA-enhanced reimbursement with both modifier "GT" and the applicable pediatric or HPSA modifier.

Originating Site Facility Fee

An originating site may be reimbursed a facility fee. The originating site is a facility at which the member is located during the telemedicine-based service. It may be a physician's office, a hospital outpatient department, an inpatient facility, or any other appropriate POS with the requisite equipment and staffing necessary to facilitate a telemedicine service. The originating site may not be an emergency room.

Note: The originating site facility fee is not an RHC/FQHC service and, therefore, may not be reported as an encounter on the cost report. Any reimbursement for the originating site facility fee must be reported as a deductive value on the cost report.


For more information see the ATA Wiki page for Wisconsin here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 15:05