Epstein Becker Green Survey Featured in “Telemental Health Services on Rise, but Barriers Remain”


René Y. Quashie, Senior Counsel in the firm’s Washington, DC, office—and the firm’s Telehealth practice were featured in Healthcare Dive, in “Telemental Health Services on Rise, but Barriers Remain,” by Meg Bryant. The article discusses the findings of Epstein Becker Green’s report, “50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health (2016),” which provides a detailed analysis of the laws, regulations, and regulatory policies impacting telemental health in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Following is an excerpt:

While the survey details a rapid rise in telemental health, barriers to providing those services remain.

“The real issue comes when you’ve got providers who want to provide services in more than one state,” says René Quashie, senior counsel in EBG’s Health Care and Life Sciences practice and the report’s author.

For example, some states require very detailed informed consent for telemental health, while others are not as prescriptive. Some states regulate it with laws and regulations and some do it through their licensing boards. There are also variations by provider types — e.g., psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, marriage and family therapist.