9 states with telehealth legislation taking effect in 2018
11 pieces of legislation in nine states will officially take
effect in 2018.
Here they are:
Arkansas: A policy in the state gives a new definition of
telemedicine and includes requirements for establishing a “professional
relationship” via telemedicine. Additionally, it contains requirements for when
a healthcare worker provides telehealth services to a minor in a school setting
and the minor is in the state’s Medicaid program.
bills (AB 205 and SB 171) let Medi-Cal managed care plans request other access
standards if they’ve exhausted all the other options to obtain providers to
meet certain standards. They also classify telehealth visits as a means of
alternative access standards.
Additionally, California took a closer look at
telepharmacies. The state has set up requirements for registered pharmacy
technicians who work at a remote dispensing site pharmacy.
Colorado: Bill SB
2017 develops a behavioral health crisis response system and crisis service
facilities walk-in centers mobile response units. It also outlines what role
telehealth can play in these areas.
Illinois: A new
policy specifies that the Department can’t require a physician or healthcare
professional to be physically present in the same room as the patient for the
whole time that the patient is getting telepsychiatry services.
Another piece of legislation establishes standards for
providers using telehealth in Illinois. The requirements include the need for
providers to be licensed and use the same standard of care used for in-person
Beginning in 2018, Montana will require insurance to cover teledentistry.
Oregon: Oregon is
making changes in the dentistry realm as well. Next year, it will allow dental
care providers to utilize telehealth if they believe it’s appropriate and
within their scope. The Oregon Board of Dentistry will be required to treat
telehealth services the same way it treats in-person services.
HB 664 enacts the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. This will take effect July 1, 2018.
Texas: Bill 1107
provides definitions of telemedicine and telehealth in the state and defines a
patient-provider relationship for telemedicine services. It took effect on May
27, 2017, but sections 5, 6 and 7 will become effective on January 1, 2018.
Through new legislation, Washington has further defined where a patient may
receive health services. Starting in 2018, the state will expand private payer
reimbursement requirements to include an originating site of “any location
determined by the individual receiving the service.”
Thanks to MedCity News for this information