Oregon Extends the Reach of Telemedicine

Influenced by new legislation in California that requires an access assessment to measure managed care compliance with network adequacy requirements,  Oregon's Department of Consumer and Business Services passed new network adequacy standards for insurers that will require that annual reports include how insurers are using telemedicine to meet standards. The change will allow health plans to use telemedicine technology to connect doctors to places where there aren't any, and allow these virtual visits to count toward network specialist quotas. A helpful resource on how statepolicies are factoring in telehealth into network adequacy assessments is available through the Center for Connected Health Policy.