Epstein Becker Green’s 2017 Analysis of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health Regulations Featured in “Report: Nearly Every State Has Updated Its Telehealth Legislation Since Last Year”


Epstein Becker Green’s newly released Appendix (2017) to the 50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health (2016) was featured in MobiHealthNews, in “Report: Nearly Every State Has Updated Its Telehealth Legislation Since Last Year,” by Dave Muoio.

Bradley S. Davidsen and James S. Tam, Associates in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Chicago and Washington, DC, offices, were quoted in the article.

Following is an excerpt:

As telehealth becomes more prevalent among US healthcare institutions, states are rolling out or modifying their laws to better define regulatory frameworks specifically affecting remote delivery of care. In fact, every state but Connecticut and Massachusetts has made substantive legal changes to how telehealth is delivered in the past year, with some taking specific actions to better define the path of mental health-focused treatment, according to recent data on telemental regulations released by healthcare and life sciences firm Epstein Becker Green.

“In just the last year, we have seen a number of states that previously had little or no regulation, like Alaska, adopt comprehensive regulatory schemes, while other states, like Texas, have loosened restrictions on telehealth practices to increase competition and utilization,” Brad Davidsen and James Tam, both associates at Epstein Becker Green and contributors to the 2017 update, told MobiHealthNews in an email. “The use of telehealth has really become mainstream and an integrated mode of treatment in most states, so in the future we expect to continue to see changes and refinements in these regulations.”