States Are Moving Forward with Telemedicine Policy Changes

States are steadily moving forward with numerous legislative and regulatory changes regarding telemedicine. State legislators in Hawaii introduced SB 2469 which would amend the state’s existing parity law to require reimbursement parity for telemedicine-provided services. Indiana introduced SB 0346 which would allow Medicaid to reimburse pharmacists for medication therapy management via telehealth. Legislators in Maryland have introduced SB 198 to repeal existing barriers for Medicaid coverage and reimbursement of telemedicine-provided services. New Jersey also introduced AB 2161 which would allow reimbursement flexibility to state FQHCs that want to contract with mental health providers via telemedicine.

ATA is also tracking the status of regulatory and programmatic changes affecting telemedicine. After passing laws allowing Medicaid coverage and reimbursement for home telehealth, Massachusetts and Indiana policymakers are in the process of developing guidance for enrolled providers. Illinois released final rules allowing telemedicine coverage for beneficiaries under the age of 21 who are enrolled in the state’s public assistance programs. While Medical Boards in states like Oklahoma, Florida, and Alabama have adopted revised practice guidelines for providers using telemedicine, California issued revised practiced guidelines for occupational therapy services via telehealth.  

On Thursday, Jan. 30, the ATA Policy team will highlight state trends for telemedicine policy and winning tactics.  This will also be a forum to share your insights and updates about state prospects and coordinate and collaborate with allies.  This webinar is free and open to ATA Members only.