More state laws back telehealth, but many stop short of mandates

From Healthcare Dive:

  • A total of 42 states and Washington, D.C. have passed laws encouraging health insurance plans to cover telehealth services, although the specific provisions in the laws vary, according to a new report from law firm Foley & Lardner.
  • Far fewer states — just 16 — address reimbursement specifically. Of those, ten states have payment parity requiring health insurers pay the same rates for virtual and in-person services, while the remainder set a rate ceiling, floor or outline instructions for negotiating payment rates.
  • When it comes to regulating specific virtual services, 24 states mandate coverage for store-and-forward telehealth, which involves gathering information about a patient and transmitting it to another site typically for consultation with a specialist. Meanwhile, 13 states mandate coverage for remote patient monitoring.

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