In a letter to Alpine PT in Missoula, BCBSMT stated:
"BCBSMT covers telemedicine services provided by physical therapists under the terms and conditions set out in 33-22-138, MCA. In addition, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, BCBSMT is temporarily enhancing our telehealth benefits beyond the requirements of 33-22-138, MCA.
"Retroactive to February 4, 2020, we will compensate participating providers for secure interactive audiovideo covered telemedicine services at the same rates allowed for an in-person office visit. We are also temporarily expanding telehealth coverage to audio-only telephone calls (see our April 1, 2020 Blue News announcement for more details and compensation information for audio-only telephone covered services), and we are temporarily waiving member cost-sharing for all in-network covered telemedicine services until April 30, 2020. These business decisions will be re-evaluated as necessary, as the COVID-19 public health emergency progresses."