U.S. House Bill Targets Telemedicine Licensure Issues

U.S. Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) and Charles Rangle (D-N.Y.) have introduced a bill aimed at increasing veteran healthcare access through telemedicine by eliminating licensure-related practice restrictions, according to a Gant Daily report.

According to the report, the Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2012 expands the current Department of Veteran Affairs state licensure exemption to allow credentialed healthcare professionals to work across state borders performing telemedicine without having to obtain a new state license. Under current law, VA healthcare professionals must be licensed in the state where the patient is treated in order to offer services. The VETS Act removes this barrier.

The Act was introduced with the support of twelve additional bipartisan members of Congress and numerous veteran groups.

For more information on the VETS Act, click here (pdf).

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