Maryland Governor Signs 4 Telemedicine Bills Into Law

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.
For a comprehensive review of all state-based telemedicine legislation, please see ATA's State Telemedicine Policy Matrix