October 21, 2019 | Firm Announcements | 3 minute read
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WASHINGTON, DC – October 21, 2019 – Federal and state lawmakers increasingly support coverage for mental health services provided via telemedicine, according to Epstein Becker Green’s 2019 Telemental Health Laws survey (“2019 Survey”).
The survey of state telehealth laws, regulations, and policies within mental health, now in its fourth year, is available as an app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. The survey highlights the following milestones achieved in 2019:
“We are excited to see telehealth services more widely accepted at the state and federal level,” said Amy F. Lerman, a Member of Epstein Becker Green in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice. “Telehealth is a viable and efficient method of care for patients who require quality treatment that may not be close by. It also gives providers an opportunity to share their services and expertise with underserved segments and geographies they couldn’t serve otherwise.”
Doximity, an online networking service for medical professionals found that radiology and psychiatry were the top two specialties most interested in telemedicine opportunities. Mental health services via telemedicine are used in a variety of settings, including private practice, outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and correctional facilities.
While acceptance of telehealth services continues to grow, obstacles remain that limit participation of providers and patients, according to the 2019 Survey. These barriers include the following:
Current events and issues, such as the opioid epidemic, have put more pressure than ever before on federal and state legislators to pass laws that promote access to telehealth services. Providers should continue to monitor developments in federal and state laws, regulations, and policies to capitalize on telehealth opportunities while maintaining compliance with applicable laws.
Areas for opportunity and expansion include:
The survey is co-authored by Amy Lerman and Francesca R. Ozinal. In addition to Ms. Lerman and Ms. Ozinal, Epstein Becker Green attorneys, Audrey Davis, Priya Kaulich, Matthew Sprankle, James S. Tam, and Sidra S. Galvin; Epstein Becker Green Law Clerk – Admission Pending Brian Hedgeman; and Epstein Becker Green Summer Associates Vidaur Durazo, Devon Minnick, Lauren Petrin, Olivia K. Plinio, and Christopher Taylor contributed to the 2019 Survey.
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., is a national law firm with a primary focus on health care and life sciences; employment, labor, and workforce management; and litigation and business disputes. Founded in 1973 as an industry-focused firm, Epstein Becker Green has decades of experience serving clients in health care, financial services, retail, hospitality, and technology, among other industries, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Operating in locations throughout the United States and supporting domestic and multinational clients, the firm’s attorneys are committed to uncompromising client service and legal excellence. For more information, visit www.ebglaw.com.