As the demand for health care services grows in the U.S., telehealth will likely play an important role in increasing access to care and reducing costs. Telehealth may improve care management by improving patient-physician communication and allowing physicians to remotely monitor patients.
The practice of medicine is regulated primarily at the state level. In order to meet the demand for telehealth services, state laws and regulations must be updated to assure a favorable practice environment, protect patient quality and safety. The Business Group favors the adoption of the Telehealth Modernization Act, which would establish federal telehealth standards ensuring that state-licensed health care professionals (including nurses and nurse practitioners) can deliver high-quality health care services from any location to patients in any state.
Chart - State Actions on Telehealth
This chart tracks the latest details on state legislative and regulatory activity on telehealth, including: physician licensing, payment parity, mandated private and public insurance telehealth coverage and certain restrictions on telehealth.
National Business Group on Health Position Statement on Telehealth
Federal and state policies should foster the growth of telehealth services that promise to improve access to quality, affordable health care.
State and Federal Policy Recommendations to Promote Telehealth
This report, updated in June of 2015, surveys the current state and federal legal and regulatory landscape for telehealth services, examines public policy issues and options, and provides policy recommendations to promote telehealth services.
Numbers You Need – Delivery Reform
Find key statistics relating to health care delivery reform.