6 insights on state telehealth legislation, reimbursement

The Center for Connected Health Policy, a nonprofit telehealth policy resource organization, published its fifth annual State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies report.

The report details telehealth policies, laws and regulations in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. To prepare the report, the Center for Connected Health Policy analyzed state laws, administrative codes and Medicaid provider manuals through March 2017.

Here are six report findings.

1. Forty-eight states and Washington, D.C., have Medicaid programs that reimburse for live video consultations. This number has not seen significant fluctuation in the past two years.

2. Twenty-two states have Medicaid programs that reimburse for remote patient monitoring, up three states since August 2016.

3. Thirteen states have Medicaid programs that reimburse for "store-and-forward" telehealth services, up one state since August 2016.

4. Nine states have Medicaid programs that reimburse for live video consultations, remote patient monitoring and store-and-forward telehealth services, up two states since August 2016.

5. Nine states offer special licenses or certificates for telehealth providers.

6. In the 2017 legislative session, there were more than 200 telehealth-related legislation items introduced by 44 states.

Click here to view the full report.

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