Amy Lerman, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was featured in Managed Healthcare Executive, in “Three Telehealth Services on the Rise,” by Tracey Walker.

For more information, please see Epstein Becker Green’s Appendix (2017) to the 50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health (2016).

Following is an excerpt:

Telemental, telebehavioral and telepsychiatry services are increasingly used by practitioners and healthcare systems, according to a new survey.

According to HHS, it is estimated that 61% of healthcare institutions use some form of telehealth, and between 40% and 50% of all hospitals in the U.S. currently employee some form of telehealth.

Epstein Becker Green (EBG) released an Appendix to its 50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health (2016), with new and updated analysis on the laws, regulations and regulatory policies affecting the practice of telemental/telebehavioral health in all 50 states and D.C.

“As consumers continue to seek access to telebehavioral health services, the prevalence of these services has given rise to a number of significant legal and regulatory issues, including privacy and security, follow-up care, emergency care, treatment of minors, remote prescribing, and reimbursement,” says Amy Lerman, a member of the firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Washington, DC, office of EBG. “While some federal laws and regulations—e.g., HIPAA—apply, most of these issues involve an examination of individual state laws, which for providers of these services has resulted in an inconsistent patchwork of statutes, regulations, and other state-specific guidance, all of which can vary widely by state, if the state even addresses provision of telebehavioral health services at all.”

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