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:
- Expansion of Telehealth Services
- Broadband Access
- Clarity on Supervision Requirements
A CLOSER LOOK
Finalized Legislation and Rulemaking
- Colorado moved, but did not amend or modify, the supervising requirements for physician supervisors to 3 CCR 713-1 Rule 1.15 .
- The District of Columbia finalized and adopted rules for the practice of professional art therapy, addressing practice standards and licensure relating to the use of telehealth in this area of practice.
- Maryland finalized a rule related to participation in the Medicaid program for podiatrists, which includes required compliance with telehealth regulations. Maryland also finalized regulations related to home care for disabled children, allowing care to be provided, under certain circumstances, through “audio-visual telehealth” in accordance with other Maryland telehealth requirements.
- New Hampshire’s governor signed a bill that provides an exception to New Hampshire licensing requirements for out-of-state healthcare professionals treating patients in the custody of the state’s department of corrections, provided the out-of-state healthcare professionals are licensed, certified or registered by and are in good standing with the appropriate licensing body within the professional’s state of practice. The bill goes into effect on October 7, 2023.
- New Hampshire also amended an existing parentage-related law to permit a mental health consultation to be conducted via telehealth. This amendment went into effect on August 19, 2023.
- Oklahoma adopted emergency regulations related to reimbursement by the state Medicaid program, including a new section for definitions and standards for audio-only health services.
- Oregon permanently repealed a rule addressing COVID-19 workplace risks, which in part included telehealth information. This rule had previously been temporarily suspended, so no significant impact is expected.
- South Dakota adopted changes to the licensure regulations for speech-language pathologists, which removes the definition of “telepractice.” The rule now refers to the definitions section of South Dakota codified laws §36-37-1 and §36-37-2.
- Tennessee finalized rules related to healthcare facility licensing, specifically requiring rural emergency hospitals to include a description of additional services provided within the licensing application, citing telehealth services as an example of additional services to be included.
- Texas amended the telemedicine, telehealth and teledentistry rule (§133.30) within the Texas Administrative Code. The amended section implements §413.011 of the state’s Labor Code, which requires the Texas Department of Insurance to adopt healthcare reimbursement policies and guidelines related to workers’ compensation that reflect the standardized reimbursement structures found in other healthcare delivery systems. Interestingly, §413.011 requires the commissioner of workers’ compensation to adopt the current reimbursement methodologies, models and values or weights used by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
- Washington finalized two rules [...]