State Telehealth News
mHealth Intelligence: (11/25) – Lawmakers in New Jersey expanded telehealth guidelines in the state to allow more health care providers to use connected health technologies during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). The new telehealth standards, adopted by the Division of Consumer Affairs last month, would allow health care professionals including audiologists, speech language pathologists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, genetic counselors, and nurses, to practice telehealth through the duration of the PHE.
mHealth Intelligence: (11/23) – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers unveiled a new COVID-19 relief package including a bill that would require coverage parity for telehealth services delivered through the end of 2021. The bill would prohibit health plans from denying coverage for telehealth services if the service is covered by the plan when provided in person.
News Channel 8 Tulsa: (11/23) – The COVID-19 pandemic enabled Family and Children’s Services in Tulsa, Oklahoma the opportunity to quickly transition to telehealth to better reach rural residents in the state. The transition to telehealth to reach these populations was part of a five-year plan implemented prior to the pandemic, however was accelerated within two weeks of the public health emergency being declared in the state. Telehealth visits increased from 6,000 in January 2020 to 63,000 by April 2020.
mHealth Intelligence: (11/20) – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation to eliminate originating site restrictions for telehealth visits in an effort to expand telehealth coverage during the public health emergency. The legislation would also eliminate the requirement that patients be accompanied by a health care provider during a telehealth visit. The law took effect immediately and will remain in effect through July 1, 2021.