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VETS Act Takes Aim at mHealth, Telehealth Access for Veterans

April 26, 2017 - 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 reintroduced by Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). Companion legislation in the House is being submitted by Reps. Julia Brownley...


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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...

Montana Bill Seeks to Establish Telemedicine Practice Standards

by Eric Wicklund

The latest state to consider telemedicine practice standards also happens to be one of the nation’s largest and least populated. Montana Rep. Kirk Wagoner (R-Montana City) has introduced legislation to “put sideboards on the...

Idaho Revises Anti-Abortion Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Idaho’s Senate has voted to amend two-year-old telemedicine legislation that prohibits doctors from using an online platform to prescribe abortion-causing drugs. The Senate voted 28-7 this week to approve HB 250, which “[a]mends existing...

Texas Ready to Take on New Telemedicine Rules

by Eric Wicklund

Texas lawmakers are ready to review a bill that would define telehealth and telemedicine and enable clinicians in the state to use the platform to establish a physician-patient relationship. Submitted this week by State Sen. Perry Schwertner,...

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,...

Indiana Lawmakers Wade Into the ‘Ocular Telehealth’ Battle

by Eric Wicklund

Some Indiana lawmakers want to amend the state’s telemedicine law to allow online eye tests and the prescription of contact lenses and glasses. The proposal may face a stiff battle. State lawmakers passed telemedicine rules last year that...

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...

Telehealth in New Jersey Hindered By a Lack of Awareness

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to launch a telehealth platform should be reminded to first make sure their potential patients know what it is and what it can do. That’s the dilemma facing New Jersey lawmakers, who are grappling with new legislation...

Defense Bill Expands Telehealth Services in TRICARE

by Eric Wicklund

A Defense bill that includes expanded telehealth access for active duty military personnel and veterans has been approved by Congress – minus controversial language that would have basically federalized telehealth doctors. The National...

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...

Michigan’s New Telehealth Law Requires Patient Consent

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan lawmakers have approved telehealth legislation that enables healthcare providers to use the technology with the patient's consent. S.B. 753, introduced in February by State Sen. Peter MacGregor, passed unanimously in the House on...

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...

New York Eases Telehealth Rules for Mental Health Providers

by Eric Wicklund

New York officials are easing telehealth regulations to enable mental health providers to treat some of their patients online. Some 250 providers in New York will now be able to use telepsychiatry in comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs,...

Mississippi Steps Back from New Telehealth Rules

by Eric Wicklund

Mississippi lawmakers have decided to leave in place telehealth regulations that permit phone-based encounters, despite threats earlier this year to introduce legislation that would mandate that video be part of the platform. Mississippi State...

New Jersey Moves to Regulate Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

One of the last states to regulate telehealth is moving forward with legislation that would permit video visits and consults and store-and-forward technology – but not healthcare delivered by phone, e-mail or text message. The New Jersey...

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