Trending in Telehealth is a series from the McDermott Digital Health team where we track telehealth regulatory and legislative activity. Each week we will highlight 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:
- Telehealth Practice Standards
- Interstate Compacts
- Medical Cannabis
A closer look:
- Ohio’s State Medical Board has adopted new telehealth rules via the issuance of three final rules: (1) implementing the requirements of the telehealth statute for physicians (MD, DO, and DPM), physician assistants, dietitians, respiratory care professionals and genetic counselors, (2) regulating controlled substances and telehealth prescribing and (3) rescinding past e-prescribing language. The rules will go into effect on February 28, 2023.
- Montana, Virginia, and Washington have proposed enacting the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact.
- Wyoming legislation has been approved in both chambers to adopt the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact, and the approved senate bill to join the Interstate Compact for Licensed Professional Counselors has passed the first committee in the house.
- Virginia has also had an interstate compact bill pass both chambers, with its house bill to join the Counseling Licensure Compact receiving approval in the senate.
- South Dakota has proposed requiring a bona fide patient-patient relationship for the prescription of medical cannabis and disallowing practitioners from conducting the required in-person physical examination via telehealth.
- In contrast, Virginia has proposed legislation to allow certification for the use of medical cannabis for treatment via telemedicine.
Why it matters: