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Kansas Faces Lawsuit Over Anti-Abortion Clause in Telemedicine Law

November 9, 2018 - A national women’s rights organization is taking Kansas to court over a clause in its newly enacted telehealth regulations that prohibits abortions via telemedicine. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed suit this week challenging section 6 of the Kansas Telemedicine Act (House Bill 2028), which was passed in May following several months of debate and is scheduled to go into...


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Licensure Compacts Gain Ground as a Means to Expand Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

More than 3,000 US physicians have received permission to practice in multiple states through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, giving them the opportunity to expand their practice through telehealth and telemedicine. According to...

Florida Dumps Telehealth Bill, Leaving Some Questions Unanswered

by Eric Wicklund

Florida lawmakers have failed to pass a bill that would have clarified guidelines for telemedicine and telehealth, leaving certain healthcare providers in the Sunshine State uncertain as to how to use connected care platforms. Senate Bill...

Massachusetts Fails to Approve Telehealth Parity Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts lawmakers have failed to approve legislation that would have improved the state’s telehealth and telemedicine laws, further cementing the commonwealth’s reputation as one of least progressive states for connected...

Delaware Medical Board Tightens Up Its Telemedicine Regulations

by Eric Wicklund

Delaware’s Board of Medicine has tightened up its telehealth and telemedicine regulations. Following a public comment period, the board enacted new guidelines in June that clarify language in the state’s Medical Practice Act,...

OIG: HIV Telemedicine Program Doesn’t Violate Anti-Kickback Laws

by Eric Wicklund

A healthcare provider offering free telemedicine equipment to a county health clinic for use in HIV treatment and support services won’t be sanctioned under federal anti-kickback laws, according to the Health and Human Services...

North Carolina Lawmakers Ready to Take On New Telehealth Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

North Carolina lawmakers are pushing ahead with a new bill to set payment and coverage parity standards for telehealth, while also requiring patient consent before any treatment. The bill, HB 967, follows up on legislation passed last...

Kansas Enacts New Telemedicine Law With Anti-Abortion Language

by Eric Wicklund

Kansas has passed new legislation defining telemedicine and telehealth and setting parity guidelines. Gov. Jeff Colyer signed H.B. 2028 into law over the weekend.   The new law contains a clause banning the use of telemedicine in...

Debating the Pros And Cons of Licensure Compacts for Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Interstate medical licensure compacts, which enable healthcare providers to more easily apply for and receive permission to practice medicine in other states, have been touted as a means of expanding telehealth and telemedicine....

FDA Letter Challenges Opternative’s Ocular Telehealth Platform

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators may sanction the developer of an ocular telehealth platform over charges the company hasn’t received the necessary approvals to offer the online eye exams. In a letter dated Oct. 30, 2017 and made public this past...

Ocular Telehealth Battle Heats Up With New Group, Lawsuit Appeal

by Eric Wicklund

Supporters of ocular telehealth are marshalling their forces for battle in the handful of states where the use of telemedicine platforms for eye exams is prohibited. They recently announced the launch of Americans for Vision Care...

Kansas Lawmakers to Debate Bill Banning Telemedicine Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

Kansas lawmakers are gearing up for debate on proposed telemedicine regulations that would, among other things, prohibit abortions by telemedicine. HB 2512, introduced on January 22, is the result of several months of negotiations between...

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Poised to Consider Ban on Ocular Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

The ongoing battle between state lawmakers and telemedicine supporters over online eye exams has reached Pennsylvania, where a bill establishing guidelines for telemedicine use and coverage includes a provision banning ocular...

Missouri Bill Aims to Remove Most Barriers to Telehealth Adoption

by Eric Wicklund

Missouri lawmakers are contemplating a bill that would loosen the reins on telehealth, potentially making the Show Me State one of the most lenient in the country. HB 1617, sponsored by State Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), would,...

CMS Clarifies Texting Rules Amid Rumors of mHealth Message Ban

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has re-affirmed its position on physician texting following news reports that the agency was moving to ban the mHealth messaging platform. In a Dec. 28 Survey & Certification Letter to...

2017: A Look Back At The Year In State Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Some 63 pieces of legislation focusing on telehealth or telemedicine were approved by 34 state Legislatures this year, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy. The various bills cover a wide variety of digital health issues,...

North Dakota Lawmakers Mull Video-Only Telehealth for First Visits

by Eric Wicklund

North Dakota lawmakers are grappling with a proposal to restrict telemedicine in first-time episodic patient care, a move that could prevent rural residents from accessing care online. The state Legislature’s Administrative Rules...

Texas Medical Board Adopts New Telehealth, Telemedicine Rules

by Eric Wicklund

The Texas Medical Board has adopted a broad set of telehealth and telemedicine rules and regulations, bringing the once-resistant board in line with legislation passed this year to improve digital health adoption in the Lone Star...

Joint Commission Steps Back From Proposed Telemedicine Standards

by Eric Wicklund

The Joint Commission is scrapping proposed telehealth amendments to its accreditation standards that would have forced health systems to obtain patient consent and predict a patient’s financial responsibility prior to services...

Telehealth in The Nation’s Capital: DC Board Mulls Regulations

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare regulators in the District of Columbia are moving closer to telemedicine legislation that would enable healthcare providers to establish a doctor-patient relationship as long as they first get the patient’s permission to...

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