Trending in Telehealth is a series from the McDermott Digital Health team where 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
  • Audiology and Speech Pathologists
  • Behavioral Health
  • E-Prescribing

A closer look:

Finalized Legislation & Rulemaking: 5

  • Wyoming has officially adopted the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT).
  • South Dakota has passed legislation that amends 36-37-7, which states that any person who is licensed pursuant to this chapter may provide speech-language pathology services via telehealth. Services delivered via telehealth must be equivalent to the quality of services delivered face-to-face. For the purposes of this section, the term, telehealth, has the meaning provided in § 34-52-1. The legislation also amends § 36-37-1 and removes the definition for “telepractice.”
  • Washington passed two final rules concerning telehealth:
    • WSR 23-04-048: This final rule promulgates regulations to align with recently passed legislation that, among other items, touches on consent when audio-only is used and store-and-forward services. The agency revised this part of the regulations to clarify that the patient consent to billing requirement applies to audio-only telemedicine services.
    • WSR 23-04-052: This final rule consolidates the telehealth sections into one and makes a technical correction on the use of telehealth for speech language pathology. Specifically, “speech language pathology services by telemedicine when not available in person” will be removed. This was added in a rule making during the public health emergency in error. The consolidated telemedicine rules apply to all programs and will reside in new WAC 182-501-0300.
  • Ohio passed a final rule concerning Medicaid reimbursement. The rule permits the use of Intensive home-based treatment (IHBT) via telehealth in accordance with rule 5122-29-31 of the Administrative Code.

Legislation & Rulemaking in Proposal Phase: 36