Epstein Becker Green’s 2017 Analysis of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health Regulations Featured in “States Pushing Ahead with Telehealth-Enabling Laws, Regulations, Study Finds”

Healthcare Dive

Epstein Becker Green’s newly released Appendix (2017) to the 50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health (2016) was featured in Healthcare Dive, in “States Pushing Ahead with Telehealth-Enabling Laws, Regulations, Study Finds,” by Meg Bryant.

Following is an excerpt:

States continue to pass laws and establish regulations expanding the practice of telemedicine, including behavioral telehealth services, an updated analysis by Epstein Becker Green (EBG) shows. …

The report reflects growing momentum in telehealth, as providers are investing more in such services and states are adjusting laws and regulations to ease the path. …

Still, only 15% of U.S. physicians think their state is doing a good job on telehealth, according to a SERMO survey published last spring. By contrast, more than eight in 10 rated their state’s telehealth implementation “fair,” “poor” or “very poor.” At the top were Ohio and California, with a 22% and 20% positive rating, respectively. At the other end of the spectrum were New York and New Jersey, deemed “poor” or “very poor” by 59% and 51% of doctors, respectively.