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Joint Commission Steps Back From Proposed Telemedicine Standards

October 11, 2017 - 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 rendered. The proposed changes were unveiled in May “to account for direct-to-patient telehealth services,” but abandoned in September after critics...


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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 use...

New Rule Would Give VA Doctors National Telehealth Privileges

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with a plan to enable VA doctors to treat veterans through telehealth no matter where the doctor or patient are located, essentially overriding state laws. Officials said the 28-page proposed...

New Telehealth Law Boosts Access to NY Schools, Day Care Centers

by Eric Wicklund

New York has expanded the list of originating sites for telehealth to include schools, giving Empire State children virtual access to doctors, dentists and mental health counselors. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature last week on A4703 expands...

Telehealth, Telemedicine Guidelines Gain Momentum in Florida

by Eric Wicklund

One of the last states to formally establish a telehealth policy has been busy this month. The Florida Telehealth Advisory Council, created by the state’s Legislature in March 2016, has put together a draft report that, among other things,...

Texas Board’s New Telemedicine Rules Could Still Cause Problems

by Eric Wicklund

Following up on legislative action taken earlier this year to align the state with the rest of the nation, the Texas Medical Board has proposed amending its telemedicine and telehealth rules that would loosen the reins on doctors wanting to treat...

Telemedicine Laws Gain Momentum With Passage in 2 More States

by Eric Wicklund

Two more states now have telemedicine laws on the books, adding to the ranks of states clearly defining what can and can’t be called telehealth and telemedicine. Minnesota’s new regulations became law on August 1. S.F. 1353, unanimously...

NJ Telemedicine Law Delayed By Concerns About Veterinarian Use

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey’s new telemedicine regulations are being held up as state officials try to determine whether they pertain to veterinarians. Gov. Chris Christie met this week with healthcare and veterinary officials to discuss the ramifications...

Texas Telemedicine Law Prompts Feds to Close Medical Board Probe

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have closed their investigation of the Texas Medical Board over charges the board sought to unfairly restrict telemedicine providers. The Federal Trade Commission voted 2-0 to end its probe shortly after Gov. Greg Abbot signed...

New Jersey’s Telemedicine Regulations are Ready to Become Law

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine legislation headed to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s desk would, among other things, enable physicians to use telehealth to establish a doctor-patient relationship, ensure the same standards of care as an in-person visit,...

UVA Cites Success with Telemedicine, Telestroke in Rural Care

by Thomas Beaton

Through the use of telemedicine and telestroke in rural care, the University of Virginia (UVA) reduced 30-day hospital readmission rates by 40 percent for patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary...

New Jersey’s Telemedicine Legislation Faces a New Controversy

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey’s landmark telemedicine legislation could be running into a roadblock. The New Jersey General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee has amended Assembly Bill 1464 to limit to three years the provision that telemedicine be...

Florida Cuts Telemedicine Out of New Medical Marijuana Law

by Eric Wicklund

Florida lawmakers have passed legislation that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to issue a prescription for medical marijuana. The rule, part of 80 pages of legislation passed by lawmakers during a special session on June 9, requires...

New Jersey Lawmakers on Track to OK Telemedicine Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey lawmakers are moving forward with a sweeping set of telemedicine regulations that would open the doors to telehealth, ensure parity and put the Garden State on track to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. In one of the last...

Is Telemedicine Reliable Enough for Conducting Eye Exams?

by Eric Wicklund

Connecticut lawmakers are putting the brakes on telemedicine for eye exams, saying the technology isn’t advanced enough to replace the in-person visit. Similar battles over “ocular telehealth” and playing out in several states....

With New Texas Law, Telemedicine Passes an Important Milestone

by Eric Wicklund

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s endorsement of new telemedicine regulations means the nation has finally agreed that a physician-patient relationship can be established through a virtual visit. With Abbott’s signature on SB 1107/HB 2697,...

ATA, CHQI to Develop National Telemedicine Accreditation Standards

by Thomas Beaton

A partnership between ATA and the ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) aims to build national telemedicine accreditation standards that enhance telemedicine transparency, patient outcomes and safety, and regulation. Under the partnership, ATA's...

Texas Legislators Vote to Enact New Telemedicine Regulations

by Eric Wicklund

Texas legislators are tantalizingly close to passing legislation that would allow direct-to-consumer telehealth in the Lone Star State, while also giving doctors the leeway to use telemedicine to meet new patients. House Bill 2697, sponsored...

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...

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