On May 2nd, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law 4 telemedicine bills.
- SB 496, introduced by Senator Catherine Pugh (D-40,) requires the state-wide coverage of certain telemedicine provided services under the state Medicaid program. The services allowed for reimbursement under this new law are cardiovascular and stroke treatment, emergent care. Telemedicine-provided services are also reimbursable when an appropriate specialist is not available;
- SB 776 establishes a taskforce on the use of telehealth in Maryland;
- HB 934 requires the Commission on Maryland Cybersecurity Innovation & Excellence to study how telemedicine can be used to reduce health care disparities and address primary care and specialty care provider shortages across the continuum of care; and
- SB 798 gives hospitals the authority to rely upon the credentialing and privileging decisions of a physician made by the distant-site hospital or telemedicine entity.