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  • Telehealth Licensure Compact for Nurses Gets the Green Light

    mHealth Intelligence

    Nurses in 26 states will soon be able to practice telehealth in multiple states under one license. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed legislation last week making his state the 26th to join the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), triggering enactment of a compact that allows registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in person or via telehealth in both their home state and other eNLC states. Launched roughly 18 months ago by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the eNLC is the third such agreement designed to enable healthcare practitioners to practice across state lines, either under one license or through an expedited process of applying for license in multiple states. The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact for physicians, overseen by the Federation of State Medical Boards, went live on April 6, though it has been plagued by a dispute with the FBI over access to criminal records for background checks. To date, some 25 states have signed onto that compact, but only a few are processing license applications. 

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  • Vermont’s New Telemedicine Law Expands Insurance Coverage, Bans Recording

    JD Supra

    Vermont health care providers and patients can now enjoy a revamped, and significantly improved, telehealth commercial insurance coverage law. Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed S. 50 into law on June 7, 2017, expanding commercial coverage and payment parity in the Green Mountain State by requiring Vermont Medicaid and private health plans to pay for telemedicine services at any patient originating site location rather than limiting coverage to services provided while the patient is located in a health care facility. The law also imposes some additional telemedicine practice standards, including a unique prohibition on recording telemedicine consultations. The state’s prior telehealth coverage law required Vermont Medicaid and commercial insurers to cover telemedicine-based services only if the patient was located at a health care facility, such as a hospital.

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  • Telehealth Plays Growing Role for Patient Access to Care in Rural America

    HealthData Management

    While about 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas, only 9 percent of physicians practice there. That healthcare reality is forcing those areas of the country to consider expanding telehealth services as a potential solution for overcoming provider shortages and the lack of patient access to care. A House panel heard testimony last week on the current utilization of telemedicine in rural America and how increasing the use of that technology could fill the care gap and benefit those communities. “For the 62 million Americans living in rural and remote communities, access to quality, affordable healthcare is a major concern,” said David Schmitz, MD, president of the National Rural Health Association. According to Schmitz, telehealth technology can support rural delivery of care but depends on adequate development of broadband Internet into rural and remote areas of the country. Likewise, he argued that rural providers must invest in necessary technological infrastructure and systems, emphasizing that government grants and private investment in technology “can increase the flow of new dollars into rural economies, empowering local resources to further healthcare infrastructure.” 

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