Pending Legislation and Regulation

Filter pending legislation and regulation by jurisdiction(s), rule type(s), or topic(s).

Alaska

AK Rule: Medical Board - Practice of Medicine

Adopts the AMA’s the guiding principles released in their 2014 Annual Meeting entitled Coverage of and Payment for Telemedicine as well as the Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine by the Federation of State Medical Boards. 

Alabama

AL Rule: Medicaid - Physician Certification and Recertification

Stipulates that for purposes of Medicaid reimbursement for home health care, the patient’s attending physician must certify the need for home health services based on a face to face encounter, which can be conducted using telehealth.

Arkansas

AR Rule: Division of Medical Services - Provider-Led Arkansas Shared Savings Entities

A new Provider-Led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE) Program policy manual is available for all PASSE providers.  Provides a definition for telemedicine and allows the required face-to-face encounter for care coordinators to take place over telemedicine.

AR Rule: Division of Medical Services - Telemedicine Policy

Amends rules to update the Telemedicine policy to provide clarification of interactive audio and visual transmission of the physician patient encounter.

AR Rule: Medical Board - Physician Assistants

Amends rules to add physician assistants to the practice of telemedicine and to prohibit prescriptions for marijuana by telemedicine assessment.

California

CA Legislation: AB 1488 - Genetic Diseases

Requires the State Department of Public Health to establish a sickle cell disease center pilot program.

CA Legislation: AB 205 - Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans

This bill allows Medi-Cal managed care plans to request alternative access standards, if they have exhausted all other reasonable options to obtain providers to meet either time and distance or timely access standards.  It would allow telemedicine or e-visits as a means of alternative access standards.

CA Legislation: AB 244 - Pilot Program

Creates a pilot program, in counties that elect to participate, designed to increase the capacity of health providers that serve pregnant and postpartum women up to one year after delivery to effectively prevent, identify, and manage postpartum depression and other mental health conditions.

CA Legislation: AB 401 - Telepharmacy

Relates to telepharmacy.

CA Legislation: SB 171 - Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans

This bill allows Medi-Cal managed care plans to request alternative access standards, if they have exhausted all other reasonable options to obtain providers to meet either time and distance or timely access standards.  It would allow telemedicine or e-visits as a means of alternative access standards.

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