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:
- Medicaid Coverage
- Broadband Access
- Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment
- Practice Standards Across Licensee Types
A CLOSER LOOK
Finalized Legislation and Rulemaking
- California enacted AB 1241, which was presented for signature last week. As noted in our prior updates, the bill will loosen certain requirements related to the virtual delivery of care within the Medi-Cal program.
- Maryland made effective a host of non-substantive rulemaking updates related to professional standards for telehealth across a variety of licensee types, including optometrists, massage therapists, social workers, dietitians, chiropractors, audiologists, speech language pathologists, hearing aid dispensers, music therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and professional counselors. The final rules provide clarity by removing language regarding the physical location of a practitioner or patient when providing telehealth and by removing ambiguous and other language to be consistent with telehealth regulations adopted by other health occupations boards.
Legislation and Rulemaking Activity in Proposal Phase
- California progressed several bills to the engrossing and enrolling stage and to the governor for signature.
- AB 965 moved from the second committee to the governor for signature. The bill is an amendment to the Permit Streamlining Act that would require local agencies that process applications for the construction of broadband projects to simultaneously process multiple broadband permit applications for substantially similar projects under a single permit (so-called batch broadband permit processing), with the goal of ensuring a more efficient broadband approval process.
- AB 1369 also progressed from the second committee to the governor for signature. This legislation provides that a person licensed as a physician and surgeon in another state would be authorized to deliver healthcare via telehealth to a patient who, among other requirements, has a disease or condition in which there is a reasonable likelihood of death within a matter of months.
- AB 1478 was enrolled on September 14, 2023. The bill would require the State Department of Public Health to maintain, on its website, a database of referral networks of community-based mental health providers and support services addressing postpartum depression and prenatal care, information on mental health providers and support groups that allow patient-driven care access, including telehealth and virtual care.
- AB 912 was enrolled on September 16, 2023. The bill would authorize school-based health centers to provide primary medical care, behavioral health services or dental care services on site or through mobile health or telehealth.
- AB 48 was sent to engrossing and enrolling on September 13, 2023. The bill would add nursing [...]