April 2020 has been crucial for the development of telehealth services in Arizona. The COVID-19 outbreak forced the officials to act fast and try to remodel the inefficient health system that took a massive hit in the time of the pandemic. The past mistakes are becoming painfully evident as the medical professionals are struggling to rise to the task of fighting the coronavirus.
Alabama has been paving its way to broader telemedicine usage and acceptance for more than half a decade at this point. With Alabama governor signing the Interstate Medical Licensing Compact in 2015, the state officially allowed for telemedicine expansion, as the aim of the compact is to make the process of getting a license much easier for physicians across several states.
The Aloha State welcomed telehealth with open arms and worked hard on the development of the practice. Hawaii has one of the best laws on telemedicine and pushes it forward in every way.
As of 2017, Washington state started to focus more on the development of telemedicine services. The turning point was the update of the state's parity law that helped with reimbursement policies immensely and made telehealth services transparent, easy, and available.
Michigan is a state with precarious telemedicine and telehealth laws. While Michigan does have a telemedicine parity law and a telehealth law—the peculiar wording of the state’s telehealth legislation creates uncertainty among healthcare professionals.
The Bay State is a bit behind with the laws and regulations regarding telemedicine services. Unlike some of its neighbors, Massachusetts is yet to jump on the bandwagon and introduce proper regulation when it comes to the appropriate ways to practice telehealth, but also reimburse providers who practice it.
Telemedicine policies, rules, and regulations in Oregon are scattered through several Senate Bills and enforced by a number of different entities — mainly Medicare and Medicaid.
The state of New York is quite open to telemedicine. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York telehealth parity law in 2014, and it went into effect in 2016. The biggest impact NY’s parity law had on the practice of telemedicine in the state was the fact that it authorized coverage for telehealth services by Medicaid, private insurance, and state employee health plans.
Telemedicine is growing rapidly and changing the healthcare landscape for the better. With many patients embracing the benefits of remote care, the practitioners are looking for ways to incorporate telehealth services into their practice. We are witnessing the continual rise of telemedicine-only practices as well.