Crossing State Lines, License Portability and Telehealth

Interactive Breakout

April 16, 2019 | 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT

When telehealth providers electronically cross state lines to care for patients in other states, they typically need multiple licenses. This has long been recognized as a challenge in the practice of telehealth and in 2002 Congress created a program in the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at HRSA to support innovative approaches in license portability. A number of organizations and licensing boards have developed models and mechanisms to reduce the licensing burden of multi-state practice. This panel features representatives of several models to discuss the status of their programs and plans for this important telehealth issue.


  • William England, Ph.D, JD, Director, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Heath Resources and Services Administration
  • Lisa Robin, Chief Advocacy Officer, Federation of State Medical Boards
  • Janet Orwig, Executive Director, PSYPACT, Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards
  • James Puente, Director, Nurse Licensure Compact, National Council of State Board of Nursing
  • Kevin Galpin, MD, Executive Director, VHA Telehealth Service