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 two weeks:
- Reproductive Health
- Telehealth Practice Standards
- Interstate Compact
- Disciplinary Guidelines
- Regulatory Licensing
A CLOSER LOOK
Finalized Legislation and Rulemaking
- California signed into law SB 345, which goes into effect on January 1, 2024. The legislation states that California law applies to any civil, administrative or criminal proceeding involving individuals (that is, patients) located inside and outside of California engaged in providing, receiving, supporting, or attempting to provide or receive reproductive health and gender-affirming healthcare services via telehealth or other means. This “shield law” also provides legal protections for healthcare practitioners located in California who provide or dispense medication or other services for abortion, contraception or gender-affirming care to out-of-state patients. These protections apply regardless of the provider’s location during the activity. This law also prohibits California law enforcement, government officials or government contractors from cooperating with out-of-state prosecutions related to abortion, contraception or gender-affirming care. The law prohibits California-based corporations, including social media and tech companies, from disclosing to law enforcement any private patient communication regarding healthcare that is legally protected in the state.
- New Hampshire enacted legislation effective October 7, 2023, that amends the prior law to permit out-of-state healthcare professionals to treat patients in the custody of the Department of Corrections via telemedicine, without a New Hampshire license, as long as the professionals are licensed in the state where they provide services. The prior law required all out-of-state healthcare professionals providing telehealth services to be licensed in New Hampshire, regardless of the patient’s location.
Legislation and Rulemaking Activity in Proposal Phase