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Nebraska Joins Telehealth Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

April 27, 2017 - Earlier this week, the Nebraska government became the 19th state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), which will open up new opportunities for providers to engage in telehealth and remote care services. The bill, introduced in January of this year, made it onto the desk of Governor Pete Ricketts following a 49-0 vote in the state legislature. The governor shortly signed...


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Nebraska Joins Telehealth Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

by Thomas Beaton

Earlier this week, the Nebraska government became the 19th state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), which will open up new opportunities for providers to engage in telehealth and remote care services. The bill, introduced...

VETS Act Takes Aim at mHealth, Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

Legislators on both sides of Capitol Hill have reintroduced a bill that would ease restriction on telehealth and mHealth for veterans, especially those in rural areas. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 has been...

Telehealth Licensing Compact Goes Live in 7 Member States

by Eric Wicklund

Members of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact are now accepting applications from physicians interested in practicing telehealth across state lines. The Federation of State Medical Boards has announced that the compact went live on Thursday,...

Telemedicine Abortion Debate Surfaces in West Virginia Senate

by Eric Wicklund

West Virginia has become the latest state to consider banning telemedicine abortions. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Republican Senator Patricia Rucker introduced an amendment this week to House Bill 2509 that prohibits “the...

Ohio Board Relaxes Telemedicine Policies to Allow Prescribing

by Eric Wicklund

Ohio physicians can use telemedicine to prescribe both non-controlled and controlled drugs – as long as they meet a long list of guidelines. The two rules passed earlier this month by the Ohio Medical Board, 4731-11-09 and 4731-11-01, enable...

mHealth-based Workplace Wellness Programs Face Congressional Scrutiny

by Eric Wicklund

A bill quietly moving through Congress could have a significant impact on workplace wellness programs that use digital health tools. Opponents say HR 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, could undermine mHealth-based employee...

WV Passes Bill to Increase Patient Access to Telemedicine

by Thomas Beaton

On Monday the West Virginia House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of West Virginia Practical Medicine Act, a bill that would significantly increase telemedicine use in the state pending state senate approval. House Bill 2509 would...

Telehealth Licensing Compact Closer to Reality for Nurses

by Eric Wicklund

A national effort to enable nurses to practice telehealth across state lines may go into effect before the end of the year. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing reports that 10 states have approved legislation adopting the enhanced...

Utah Senator Chooses Telemedicine’s Value Over Politics

by Eric Wicklund

Utah senators are trying to de-politicize a telemedicine bill by removing language that would have banned so-called abortions-by-telemedicine. The Senate Standing Committee on Health and Human Services voted 6-2 this week to approve an amended...

Washington May Let Consumers Choose Their Telemedicine Site

by Eric Wicklund

Washington lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would, among other things, give the consumer the freedom to choose where to access telemedicine services. In 2015, the state established healthcare locations – hospitals, medical...

ATA Sees Telemedicine Momentum in New Report Cards

by Eric Wicklund

The latest report cards from the American Telemedicine Association show an upswing in support for telemedicine across the country, with a few bumps in the road. The ATA’s reports – one focused on coverage and reimbursement and the...

Texas, Utah Move Forward With New Telemedicine Rules

by Eric Wicklund

The battle in Texas to ease one of the country’s most restrictive telemedicine laws may be ending, with a compromise bill reported to be heading to the Legislature. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, told the Houston Chronicle...

Arkansas Moves to OK Telehealth at Home

by Eric Wicklund

Arkansas lawmakers are moving toward new telehealth regulations that would resolve an “originating site” issue that caused problems last year. But they may be wading into new problems with school-based programs. The state Senate’s...

Utah Moves to Restrict Abortions by Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Utah lawmakers are mulling new telehealth regulations that would, among other things, prevent clinicians from dispensing abortion-causing medications through a virtual visit. HB 154, an amendment to various state rules that cover telehealth services,...

Idaho to End Telehealth Restrictions for Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth advocates are cheering the end of a legal battle in Idaho over whether healthcare providers could use virtual visits to treat women seeking an abortion. Planned Parenthood has announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the...

ONC Challenge Aims to Put mHealth App Security in the Patient’s Hands

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are looking for an online tool that would enable consumers to instantly access the privacy practices of whatever mHealth app or device they’re using. The Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge builds on efforts by the Office...

States Move to Exclude Marijuana Consults from Telemedicine Laws

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine may be good for any number of healthcare issues, but Florida lawmakers don’t want the platform used for prescribing medical marijuana. Taking a page from Colorado’s regulations, Florida’s Board of Medicine has proposed...

Senate Unanimously Passes Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine program born at the University of New Mexico is set to become a national model for pushing healthcare into remote and underserved regions. The Senate on Tuesday approved by a 97-0 vote S. 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health...

AMA Adopts mHealth Principles, Takes Aim at App Security Standards

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Association has signaled its support for mHealth with new policies designed to support physicians adopting mobile health apps and devices. While approving an eight-part set of mHealth principles at its mid-year meeting this...

AMA to Discuss mHealth App Data Security Guidelines

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth app security tops the agenda at this week’s American Medical Association meeting, with delegates expected to vote on an 11-point policy that would strengthen privacy and transparency efforts. A report prepared by the AMA’s...

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