Trending in Telehealth highlights state legislative and regulatory developments that impact the healthcare providers, telehealth and digital health companies, pharmacists and technology companies that deliver and facilitate the delivery of virtual care.
Trending in the past week:
- Interstate compacts
- Facilitation of connectivity and data exchange
- Professional standards
A CLOSER LOOK
Finalized Legislation & Rulemaking
- South Dakota enacted the Social Work Licensure Compact, becoming the second state to enact the compact. Missouri enacted the compact in July 2023. The compact will become active once enacted by seven states. According to the National Center for Interstate Compacts, 24 other states have introduced the compact.
Legislation & Rulemaking Activity in Proposal Phase
- In Idaho, HB 393 passed the first chamber. If enacted, it would enter Idaho into the Counseling Compact.
- In Indiana, SB 132 passed the first chamber. Currently, Indiana law provides that an out-of-state provider licensed in Indiana may not provide telehealth services in Indiana until the provider and their employer/contractor have filed a certification with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency that the provider and employer/contractor agree to be subject to Indiana jurisdiction and Indiana substantive and procedural laws. If enacted, the bill would remove the requirement to file the certification, though providers would still be subject to Indiana jurisdiction and Indiana substantive and procedural laws, and the provision of health services (rather than the filing of the certification) would constitute a voluntary waiver of other jurisdictional rights.
- In West Virginia, HB 5310 passed the first chamber. If enacted, the bill would enact the Remote Patient Outcome Improvement Act to authorize insurers and providers to partner with internet service providers to facilitate the transmission and analysis of vital signs and medical device data.
- In Wisconsin, the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Worker Examining Board proposed a rule that would update telehealth practice standards by defining telehealth, creating of a new subsection that establishes standards of telehealth practice, amending the definitions of “face-to-face” and “supervision” to include telehealth practice, and amending of unprofessional conduct provisions to incorporate telehealth practice.
Why it matters:
- States continue to increase activity surrounding licensure compacts for a variety of health professionals. These state efforts ease the burdens of the licensing process and demonstrate a desire to facilitate multijurisdictional practice without giving up authority over professional licensure.
- Measures emphasizing connectivity and infrastructure complement the increasing availability of reimbursement for remote monitoring and other virtual care modalities. States propose measures such as West Virginia’s Remote Patient Outcome Improvement Act with the expectation that they will help reduce costs of avoidable emergency room and other medical visits when paired with remote monitoring programs.
- States continue to amend and clarify professional practice standards for telehealth. With the increase in the delivery of care through virtual modalities, professional boards are adopting standards governing telehealth practice across multiple health professions and revising [...]