OB/GYN Telemedicine Demonstration Project


Effective July 1, 2014, The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) will implement a project which will fulfill the specifications required in the July 1, 2013 Proviso 33.34, Section E(2) which states: "The Department shall develop a program to leverage the use of teaching hospitals to provide rural physician coverage, expand the use of Telemedicine, and ensure targeted placement and support of OB/GYN services in at least four (4) counties with a demonstrated lack of adequate OB/GYN resources by July 1, 2014."

SCDHHS will partner with participating Family Practice (FP) physicians in the counties of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, and Hampton for the provision of prenatal care up to, but excluding delivery for low risk pregnant women. These physicians will work closely with the delivering OB/GYN physicians in neighboring counties and with Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists from MUSC and USC School of Medicine to provide quality and collaborative care.

Telemedicine technologies will be available in each FP location for use in consultation with OB/GYN practices and with MFM specialists at MUSC and USC School of Medicine. Additionally, enhanced care coordination and case management services will be provided by Low Country Healthy Start, which will expand into Barnwell county and provide services for all Medicaid members within these counties.

Each Medicaid Managed Care Organization operating in South Carolina has been advised of this project and should be contacted directly for information specific to their coverage and services.

Should you have any questions regarding this alert, please contact Sam Head in the Office of Health Programs at (803)898-1295, or email Samuel.Head@scdhhs.gov. Thank you for your continued support in the South Carolina Healthy Connections Medicaid program.

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