On February 3rd, on an article entitled, Is Your State Moving Telemedicine Forward or Backward, the American Telemedicine Association released an update addressing state legislatures and telemedicine. The ATA has been a leader with influencing legislative change at the federal and states levels in the United States and abroad. Their current tally is that ten US states have introduced legislation related to clinical practice standards that will have bearing on telemedicine (and telehealth) in 2015. Those states are:
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- West Virginia and
Six states also have bills that will require telehealth parity under private insurance:
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island and
They also invite their readers to click here to check the status of bills in your state and use the legislative tracker to read the bill language. Click here to read ATA’s comments to the Iowa Medical Board’s telemedicine proposal.
If you are a member, then please join me in a live HUB discussion about the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Compact in their members only-forum click here. If you are a member, you probably also tune into the ATA’s monthly state policy webinar at 1 p.m. EST to hear more about state activity. For more information about ATA services to technology-minded professionals click here.
Planning to Attend a Telehealth Conference This Year?
Consider joining me at the ATA’s annual meeting. Planned for May 2-5 in downtown Los Angeles, it will be held at the LA Convention Center , 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, (213) 741-1151 by the STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre. ATA hosts the world‘s largest scientific meeting and exposition focusing exclusively on telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth. The ATA Annual Meeting is the premier exhibiting venue for companies looking to promote their remote medical products and services to a dedicated group of professionals. The telemental health special interest group (TMH SIG) at ATA is one of the largest in the world. I’ll be speaking on Sunday at the half-day event and then again with my colleagues, David Luxton PhD and Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD during the week.