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

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.

  1. Between September 2016 and January 2017, 31 states and the District of Colombia enacted telehealth private payer laws.
  2. CMS reported a 28 percent increase in Medicare payments for telehealth services in 2016.
  3. The Medical Licensure Company, which went into full effect April 6, 2017, was a major accelerant toward increased telehealth services.