Epstein Becker Green’s 2017 Analysis of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health Regulations Featured in “Nearly All States Have Updated Their Telehealth Laws Since Last Year: 3 Things to Know”Becker’s Hospital Review October 19, 2017
Epstein Becker Green’s newly released Appendix (2017) to the 50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health (2016) was featured in Becker’s Hospital Review, in “Nearly All States Have Updated Their Telehealth Laws Since Last Year: 3 Things to Know,” by Julie Spitzer.
Following is an excerpt:
All but two states — Connecticut and Massachusetts — have made recent, substantive changes to their telehealth laws, according to an Epstein Becker Green report.
In June 2016, EBG released its report titled “50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health” and since its publication, states have been active drafting telehealth services legislation. For its latest release, EBG published the “2017 Appendix to the 50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health” as a summary of states’ changes to laws, regulations and policies.
Here are three things to know.
- Between September 2016 and January 2017, 31 states and the District of Colombia enacted telehealth private payer laws.
- CMS reported a 28 percent increase in Medicare payments for telehealth services in 2016.
- The Medical Licensure Company, which went into full effect April 6, 2017, was a major accelerant toward increased telehealth services.