Epstein Becker Green’s 2021 Telemental Health Laws survey of state telehealth laws, regulations, and policies within the mental/behavioral health practice disciplines (and corresponding app available for iPhoneiPad, and Android devices), was featured in Becker’s Hospital Review, in “Lawmakers, Agencies Ink Telehealth Rules While They Consider Its Place in Healthcare: 4 Things to Know,” by Hannah Mitchell.

Following is an excerpt:

While lawmakers and government regulators continue to consider the effects virtual care standards have on patients, recent moves at the federal and state levels give a glimpse into where telehealth might be headed, according to a Nov. 18 report …

The report, written by members of the law firm Epstein Becker & Green, compiled federal and state-level regulatory requirements for virtual care.

Four things to know:

  1. CMS published on Nov. 19 the Final Physician Fee Schedule Rule that extends certain virtual services through Dec. 31, 2023. CMS said Nov. 2 that the regulation will allow additional time for it to determine whether these services should make it to the permanent telehealth list.
  2. The Office of the Inspector General released an October study that analyzed the flexibilities the public health emergency order brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has given providers to provide lawmakers with data as they consider telehealth's place in healthcare. The OIG found that 84 percent of Medicare beneficiaries conducted virtual visits only after having an established relationship with their provider. Patients saw their provider for about four months before meeting virtually, the report found.
  3. States granted a variety of flexibility to support telehealth use at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some states have ended their emergency orders and the telehealth offerings that came with it while other states have permanently expanded their telehealth regulations.
  4. Iowa is among the most recent states to provide virtual care standards for clinicians, JD Supra reported Oct. 6. The state introduced regulations that include technology requirements and practices to safeguard patient privacy as well as an informed consent process prior to the telehealth appointment.

For more information and to read our analysis of regulatory requirements for professional mental/behavioral health practitioners and stakeholders seeking to provide telehealth-focused services, please see our 2021 Executive Summary and the firm’s latest press release, and download the complimentary app ꟷ available for iPhoneiPad, and Android devices.

The survey is co-authored by Amy Lerman and Francesca Ozinal and the following attorneys and contributors from EBG’s Health Care and Life Sciences team: Attorneys Alexis Boaz, Audrey Davis, Vidaur Durazo, Daniel Fahey, Jacqueline Frazer, Priya Kaulich, Devon Minnick, Lauren Petrin, Olivia Plinio, Matthew Sprankle, Christopher Taylor, and Bailey Wendzel; Law Clerks Nija Chappel, Julianna Dzwierzynski, Chloe Hillard, and William Walters; and 2021 Summer Associates Kayla Oakley and Timothy Rozier-Byrd.

Jump to Page

Privacy Preference Center

When you visit any website, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalized web experience. Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.