Telemedicine Update: Texas

Over Memorial Day weekend, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed Senate Bill 1107 into law, which focuses on expanding patient access to video telemedicine services.

The law adds video to Texas' definition of telemedicine and does not require another clinician to be present with the patient during a routine visit.  In addition, the new law makes Texas the last state to remove a requirement that patients establish an in-person relationship with their provider before receiving telemedicine services. Moreover, under the new law’s provisions, physicians can treat patients via video consultation, provided they take previous medical records and test results into account. The services will be paid for and reimbursed the same as in-person medical visits.