Tool: Telehealth Policy Finder
Across the country, no two states are alike in how they define and regulate telehealth. To help policymakers, health advocates and other health care professionals understand the policies and trends throughout the nation, the Telehealth Policy Finder tool compiles telehealth-related laws and regulations across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as at the federal level.Explore the Policy Finder tool
Spring 2022 Updates
The Center for Connected Health Policy’s (CCHP) Spring 2022 analysis and summary of telehealth policies is based on its online Policy Finder. It highlights the changes that have taken place in state telehealth policy between the Fall 2021 Summary Report, and Spring 2022.
Since CCHP’s Fall 2021 update, the main changes that states have made to their telehealth policies fall in the three areas: Medicaid policy including reimbursement, private payer policy, and regulation of health professionals. In many cases, this was influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic and the expiration of many temporary expansions in telehealth reimbursement that have been in place for the past two years.
Key findings include:
- Fifty states and Washington DC provide reimbursement for some form of live video in Medicaid fee-for-service.
- Twenty-five state Medicaid programs reimburse for store-and-forward.
- Thirty state Medicaid programs provide reimbursement for RPM.
- Twenty-nine states and DC Medicaid programs reimburse for audio-only telephone in some capacity; however, often with limitations.
- Thirteen state Medicaid programs reimburse for all four modalities (live video, store-and-forward, remote patient monitoring and audio-only), although certain limitations apply.
- Forty-three states and DC have a private payer law that addresses telehealth reimbursement. Not all of these laws require reimbursement or payment parity. Twenty-one states have explicit payment parity.
Getting started with the Policy Finder
Launched in Spring 2021 by PHI’s Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), the Policy Finder tool is a searchable, easy-to-use database that is updated consistently throughout the year. Formerly known as the State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Report, the information from the online database can be exported for each state into a PDF document using the most current information available on CCHP’s website.
Use the Policy Finder tool to:
- Look up telehealth-related laws and regulations by topic, including COVID-19, Medicaid & Medicare, Private Payer and Professional Requirements
- Explore all current laws, temporary COVID-19 actions, and pending legislation in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as at the federal level
- Compare the policy of any of the topic areas for any two states
- View color-coded maps recapping policy trends by state across topic areas, including Medicaid reimbursement for live video, store and forward and remote patient monitoring
The Policy Finder is designed to provide timely policy information that is easy for users to navigate and understand. Watch a quick tutorial to explore the tool, see how to use it and learn about its features:
Please note: this information should not be construed as legal counsel. Consult with an attorney if you are seeking a legal opinion.
Originally published by Center for Connected Health Policy