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Nevada Lawmakers Drop Telehealth from Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

March 21, 2019 - Nevada lawmakers have yanked telehealth provisions out of a proposed bill setting standards for physician-assisted suicide, the second state to do so this year. SB 165, which would permit physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to a patient under specific circumstances, had included a clause that would have allowed a virtual care platform in place of certain in-person services. But...


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State Lawmakers Debate Telemedicine Abortions, Phone-Based Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Legislators in Arkansas and Nebraska are debating two of telehealth’s more controversial concepts this week – phone-based virtual consults and telemedicine abortions. In Arkansas, that state’s House of Representatives...

Arizona Senate OKs Telemedicine Expansion to Meet PCP Shortage

by Eric Wicklund

Arizona’s Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would expand telemedicine coverage in a state with a growing shortage of primary care physicians. The Senate this week passed SB 1089, which adds asynchronous (store-and-forward)...

Georgia Senate OKs Out-of-State Telemedicine, Telehealth Parity

by Eric Wicklund

Georgia lawmakers are pushing forward with a pair of telemedicine bills that would enable providers in other states to deliver virtual care in the state, while mandating that payers cover telehealth services at the same rate as in-person...

Arkansas Legislators: Telehealth Still Needs More Than a Telephone

by Eric Wicklund

An Arkansas lawmaker’s effort to make telehealth “the least restrictive method to deliver healthcare services locally” has been shot down by colleagues who don’t believe the telephone is a good way to make that...

New Telehealth Bills Address Coverage, Store-and-Forward, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

Lawmakers in several states are pushing forward with bills to amend existing telehealth and telemedicine rules – most notable changing them to improve payer coverage and include remote patient monitoring and asynchronous...

Arizona Lawmakers Look to Expand Telemedicine Definition, Coverage

by Eric Wicklund

Arizona lawmakers are moving forward with proposed legislation that would expand coverage for telemedicine and add more healthcare services, including asynchronous telehealth and remote patient monitoring. The state Senate and House...

Washington State Lawmakers to Debate 4 Separate Telehealth Bills

by Eric Wicklund

Washington state lawmakers will be taking up no less than four telemedicine bills this legislative session, thanks to one state senator who sees telehealth as a priority in the Pacific Northwest. “It’s a challenge for people...

NM Lawmakers Drop Telemedicine From Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

by Eric Wicklund

New Mexico lawmakers have eliminated all references to telemedicine in a bill aimed at setting standards for physician-assisted suicide. Following a public hearing this week, legislators made two changes to HB 90, also called The...

ND Lawmakers Amend Bill to Support Store-and-Forward Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

North Dakota lawmakers are working on an amended telemedicine bill that would allow healthcare providers in the state to establish a doctor-patient relationship with new patients through asynchronous (store-and-forward) technology. The...

Planned Parenthood Sues Wisconsin Over Telemedicine Abortion Ban

by Eric Wicklund

Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Wisconsin over its restrictive abortion laws – including a ban on telemedicine abortions. The 56-page lawsuit, filed this week in Madison by the national organization’s Wisconsin...

Survey Finds No Rhyme or Reason in Telehealth Rules for PTs, OTs

by Eric Wicklund

A new analysis of state telemedicine and telehealth guidelines for physical and occupational therapists finds no discernible pattern of rules or regulations across the country – not even an agreement on what to call their...

Virginia Looks to Add Remote Patient Monitoring to Telehealth Law

by Eric Wicklund

Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would define remote patient monitoring and include it in the commonwealth’s telehealth and telemedicine guidelines. House Bill 1970 and Senate Bill 1221, both filed on January 9, define...

North Dakota Lawmakers Ready to Rehash Telemedicine Standards Debate

by Eric Wicklund

North Dakota lawmakers may soon be rehashing the debate over what constitutes an accepted doctor-patient relationship via telemedicine. The state’s Senate is poised to take up SB 2094, which mandates that a healthcare...

Kansas Judge Rules Against New Law Banning Telemedicine Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

A Kansas judge has shot down efforts by state lawmakers to ban telemedicine abortions, the second victory for supporters of the connected care service in two weeks. District Judge Franklin Theis ruled on Dec. 31 that the new law banning...

Michigan Governor Vetoes Extension of Telemedicine Abortion Ban

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan Gov. Bill Snyder has vetoed a proposal to extend the state’s six-year-old ban on telemedicine abortions. Snyder shot down Senate Bill 1998 following party-line votes in the state Senate and House in favor of the bill, which...

CCHP Sees 2018 Telehealth Gains in Medicaid, Interstate Licensure

by Eric Wicklund

State legislatures passing new telehealth laws in 2018 focused primarily on expanding Medicaid coverage, approving interstate licensure pacts and establishing guidelines, according to a review by the Center for Connected Health Policy. On...

Michigan Lawmakers Move to Extend Ban on Telemedicine Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan lawmakers are moving forward with legislation to indefinitely extend a ban on abortions by telemedicine. The state’s Republican-majority Senate voted along party lines this week to continue a law enacted in 2012 that...

False Telemedicine Sessions at Center of Federal Fraud Crackdown

by Eric Wicklund

Law enforcement officials are beginning to catch up to healthcare providers who see telehealth as a means of stealing from the government. The latest case comes out of San Diego, where a nurse practitioner pled guilty this week to taking...

Kansas Faces Lawsuit Over Anti-Abortion Clause in Telemedicine Law

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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