Arkansas Lawmakers Pass Telemedicine Payment Bill

April 8, 2015

Arkansas becomes the 23rd state to enact a telemedicine parity law and joins Louisiana as the only states with telemedicine parity laws that cover physician services exclusively. The parity provisions of the law go into effect January 2016 for commercial payors and July 2016 for Medicaid. Twelve other states have introduced parity laws this year, and Arkansas is the first to enact legislation.  Unlike other parity statutes, the new Arkansas law requires an in-person exam before a live audio-video encounter can take place.  The law also includes a provision which goes into effect immediately that creates a separate standard of practice for all Arkansas licensed medical professions. 

Members>> learn more about the new law on the HUB and join ATA staff on April 23rd at 2:00 pm EDT for the monthly state policy webinar.