New Report Highlights State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) recently released its annual report that offers a summary guide of Medicaid provider manuals, applicable state laws, and telehealth-related regulations for all fifty states and the District of Columbia. This report serves as a real resource for the community on how each state defines, governs, and regulates technology-enabled health care, noting policy trends across eleven key categories.  

Some recent findings from CCHP’s report includes the following: 

  • 48 states and Washington, DC, provide reimbursement for some form of live video in Medicaid fee-for-service.  This has remained constant since CCHP’s August 2016 edition of this report.
  • 13 states provide reimbursement for store-and-forward.  1 state, Nevada, has been added since August 2016.
  • 22 state Medicaid programs provide reimbursement for remote patient monitoring (RPM).  The 3 states that added RPM since August 2016 include Arizona, Nebraska and Virginia.  Most states with RPM policies restrict reimbursement to home health agencies, and limit it to patients with specific clinical conditions.
  • Although the practice of restricting reimbursable telehealth services to rural or underserved areas, as is done in the Medicare program, is decreasing, some states continue to maintain this policy.  6 states currently have some form of a geographic restriction. 

CCHP has also created a fact sheet and infographic summarizing these most recent findings. 

As background, CCHP is dedicated to integrating telehealth virtual technologies into the health care system through advancing sound policy based on objective research and informed practices. CCHP actively researches and analyzes important telehealth policy issues, engages influential public and private sectors through analyses and reports, and provides key telehealth policy resources nationwide.  

In 2012, CCHP’s scope grew to include national telehealth policy issues as it became the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center (NTRC-P), funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.