As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, LAMMICO continues to receive many questions related to license requirements for telemedicine. Steps taken by the federal government earlier this year involved payments for federal programs (Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program) for the coverage of telehealth in order to move states toward increased use of telehealth.
However, the federal changes didn’t alter the state licensure requirement for physicians and other healthcare providers. A practitioner engaged in telemedicine across state lines should consult the State Board of the patient’s location (also called the originating site) to determine if there are particular telemedicine licensing requirements. Additionally, a practitioner should also review the practitioner’s state licensing laws and telemedicine requirements for updates and changes in light of the disaster declaration.
For more information, log in as a Member at lammico.com, click the red COVID-19 banner at the top of the page, and navigate to the "Telehealth/Telemedicine" section.