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Trending in Telehealth: January 4 – 15, 2024

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:

  • Econsults
  • Medical cannabis
  • Out-of-state practitioners


Finalized Legislation & Rulemaking

  • Alaska adopted a final rule, which updates the Board of Professional Counselors regulations related to distance professional services to clarify supervision requirements for distance professional services.
  • Colorado passed a final rule amending the Medical Assistance Act’s corresponding rules to authorize reimbursement of Electronic Consultation (eConsults) performed through Medicaid’s authorized eConsult platform.
  • New Jersey enacted SB 3604, which authorizes the use of healthcare platforms that provide discounted prices for payment of prescription and non-prescription drugs or devices and for telehealth and telemedicine services.
  • Oregon adopted a final rule, which amends Oregon Medical Board Rules (OAR 847-025-0020) to align the rules with the Oregon 2023 Law (SB 232). The amended rule allows out-of-state physicians and physician assistants who have an established relationship with a patient to provide continuity of care via telemedicine on a periodic or intermittent basis when the patient is located in Oregon.
  • Virginia adopted a final rule establishing applications, licenses, permits, and registrations for its Medical Cannabis Program. The final rule permits practitioners to provide patient care and evaluation using telemedicine, provided that the use of telemedicine follows certain parameters.
  • Utah adopted a final rule, which moves content governing the Human Services Program Licensing Office’s processes to a new division-wide rule. While the definition of telehealth remains the same, the relevant sections of the law have a new citation.

Legislation & Rulemaking Activity in Proposal Phase

  • Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology proposed a rule to rescind Chapter 301, Practice of Speech Pathologists and Audiologists, Iowa Administrative Code, and adopt a new chapter with the same title. The proposed rule will provide definitions relevant to the practice of speech pathologists and audiologists and requirements for telehealth appointments. Further, the rule will articulate practice standards and provide a scope of practice for the profession. Comments are due by January 31, 2024.
  • Nevada proposed a rule to amend the Board of Examiners for Social Workers rules to prohibit a licensee from providing services through telehealth to a client located outside the State of Nevada unless the licensee is authorized to do so under the laws of the jurisdiction where the client is located.
  • New Jersey progressed AB 5311 in the second chamber. If passed, the legislation would enact the Counseling Compact in New Jersey.
  • Tennessee progressed SB 1674, which would amend existing TennCare rules, or promulgate new rules, on fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care plans to allow for the reimbursement of remote ultrasound procedures and remote fetal nonstress tests that utilize established CPT codes for [...]

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Trending in Telehealth: May 31 – June 5, 2023

Trending in Telehealth is a new series from the McDermott digital health team in which we highlight 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
  • Medical Cannabis
  • Mental Health


Finalized Legislation & Rulemaking

  • Iowa enacted HF 671, adopting the Professional Counselors Licensure Compact.
  • Minnesota enacted HF 100, permitting the medical sale and use of cannabis through the state’s registry program. HF 100 permits remote pharmacist consultations by secure videoconference, telephone or other remote means, as long as the pharmacist engaging in the consultation is able to confirm the identity of the patient and the consultation adheres to patient privacy requirements that apply to healthcare services delivered through telemedicine. A Minnesota licensed physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) must determine on a yearly basis if the patient continues to have a qualifying medical condition for enrollment on the Division of Medical Cannabis registry.
  • Missouri passed a final rule establishing the Telehealth Dental Pilot Project for Medically Underserved Populations to examine new methods of extending dental care to residents in assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, residential care facilities and skilled nursing facilities, and homebound special needs patients. This rule permits the supervision of dental assistants and dental hygienists using telehealth technology.
  • Oklahoma enacted SB 12, creating a mental health transport revolving fund for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. This law permits telemedicine assessments of patients when assessments are requested by sheriffs or peace officers. The state’s criminal code defines the term peace officer as “any sheriff, police officer, federal law enforcement officer, tribal law enforcement officer, or any other law enforcement officer whose duty it is to enforce and preserve the public peace.” Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 99.
  • Vermont enacted three telehealth-related laws:
    • H 62 adopts the Interstate Counseling Compact to facilitate interstate practice of licensed professional counselors with the goal of improving public access to professional counseling services.
    • H 86 adopts the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact, which streamlines the licensure process for audiologists and speech-language pathologists and allows the use of telehealth technology to facilitate increased access to audiology and speech-language pathology services.
    • H 282 adopts the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact, which regulates the day-to-day practice of telepsychology and streamlines the licensure process for psychologists.

Legislation & Rulemaking Activity in Proposal Phase


  • Connecticut progressed HB 6768, which would permit physicians, APRNs and physician assistants to certify a qualifying patient’s use of medical marijuana and provide follow-up care using telehealth if they comply with other statutory certification and recordkeeping requirements.
  • Louisiana progressed two bills:

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