Most states have laws supporting telehealth reimbursement


Telemedicine reimbursement can be very tricky and navigating the laws by state can be confusing. Learn about the latest telemedicine trends from Health Data Management.

A total of 34 states now have laws on the books requiring insurance plans to cover telehealth services. Most recently, governors in Oklahoma and Texas have signed laws requiring payment for some telemedicine services.

That’s an encouraging trend for the distance care industry, which for years struggled against barriers imposed by state and federal regulations that restricted reimbursement.

In general, recent telemedicine legislation requires private insurers to offer reimbursement for physician services provided via telemedicine, similar to the way they pay for in-person physician services, says Gary Capistrant, chief policy officer at the American Telemedicine Association.

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For more information specific to your state, you can read The Center for Connected Health Policy’s (CCHP) newly released report here. This report is the most comprehensive report on state telehealth laws, regulations and Medicaid policies.