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Delaware Medical Board Tightens Up Its Telemedicine Regulations

July 9, 2018 - 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, which sets practice standards for virtual care.   The guidelines touch upon two hot-button issues in telemedicine policy: the use of connected...


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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...

Senate Bill Expands Rural Access to Telehealth in Iowa

by Jessica Kent

A bill approved by the Iowa Senate requires health insurers to cover both telehealth and in-person services equally and could expand rural access to telemedicine, particularly in specialty areas such as psychiatry. “Telehealth...

CT Employers, Payers Oppose Fixed Rates for Telehealth Services

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A recent hearing to discuss a bill to allow Connecticut physicians to provide telepsychiatry services saw employers and health plans in the state opposing a measure to pay for these telehealth services at the same rate as in-person...

Congress Turns to Telemedicine to Take On Substance Abuse Epidemic

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is pushing to make telemedicine a critical component of the nation’s efforts to combat substance abuse. House lawmakers have introduced two draft discussion bills designed to ease restrictions in the Ryan Haight Act and...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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