State telehealth regulation quick reference guides

Looking for a quick, easy-to-digest summary of telehealth regulations by state? HTRC maintains state-by-state quick reference guides for Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. These guides are meant to serve as a starting point for reimbursement and regulations, but please contact HTRC for more detailed information at 877-643-HTRC.              

Show-Me ECHO funding restored

Show-Me ECHO recently received good news from the Missouri legislature – they voted to restore funding that had been cut from Governor Eric Greiten’s budget. The governor’s budget would have reduced funding to $1.3 million but the project will now be fully funded at $1.5 million. Two of the ECHO specialty clinics, Chronic Pain Management […]

Senator Moran (R-Kan.) convenes hearing to discuss VA Telemedicine

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, hosted a hearing on May 5 to hear testimony on telehealth use in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Representatives in the public and private sector discussed increasing access to healthcare, improving health outcomes, and lowering costs for veterans, specifically through telemedicine programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Moran, […]

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

State licensure requirements have been an onerous barrier to telemedicine access, innovation, and expansion, particularly along state borders. But there is good news for physical therapists hoping to practice across borders – the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC), developed by the Federation of State Boards for Physical Therapy (FSBPT), came into effect in April. Washington state […]

New opportunity for Kansas docs to practice telemed across state lines

Kansas is one of only seven states where physicians can now apply for expedited licensure to practice telehealth across state lines. This opportunity, courtesy of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, is currently limited to the other member states. Although 18 states have joined the compact, according to mHealth Intelligence, 11 states have encountered implementation delays because […]

Legislative Update

Many legislative bodies are approaching the midpoint of their legislative sessions and telehealth has been on the agenda in all three states in HTRC’s coverage area. The list below provides updates on telehealth-related legislation. Kansas Last month KanTel members presented to the Kansas House Committee on Health and Human Services in support of insurance parity […]

Two telehealth bills introduced in Kansas House

Two pieces of telehealth legislation were introduced to the Kansas House of Representatives over the past two weeks, House Bill 2206 and House Bill 2254. HB 2206 is a parity bill that requires individual and group health insurance policies, along with KanCare (Medicaid), to provide coverage and payment for telehealth services at the same rate […]

ATA’s new report on Medicaid coverage: Regional breakdown

The American Telemedicine Association recently released an updated report on the status of telemedicine coverage and reimbursement for state Medicaid programs. Oklahoma was among nine states awarded an overall grade of “A,” up from a “B” last year. Missouri, Kansas and 32 other states received a “B.” Here is a quick breakdown of what the […]

Missouri Governor cuts telehealth funding

Missouri’s new governor, Eric Greitens, recently announced deep budget cuts to higher education, social services and transportation. Among the cuts were two that will directly impact telehealth in Missouri. The governor withheld $121,250 from the budget of Missouri Telehealth Network, money that was planned for use in Show-Me ECHO, Missouri’s telementoring program for primary care […]

National ECHO bill heads to House

On November 29, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed SB 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act. Though it does not appropriate any funding, the act would authorize the U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services to study the ECHO model developed by the University of New Mexico to evaluate its effectiveness on a […]

Telesupervision in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma

Many rural communities of the heartland suffer from a shortage of health professionals able to provide quality, affordable, timely care for community members. While telehealth can be used to connect rural patients to urban providers, increasingly, state licensing boards are considering the role that telehealth can play in bringing more providers to town – in […]

Skilled nursing facilities soon eligible for Universal Service Fund

In June President Obama signed legislation that added skilled nursing facilities (SNF) to the Rural Health Care Program (RHC) as an eligible healthcare provider. This means that SNFs can begin applying for funding from the Universal Service Fund on January 1, 2017. Among other things, the program helps subsidizes Internet access to make telehealth services […]

Project ECHO is making waves on a national scale

People living in rural areas face many challenges when it comes to accessing healthcare, but a recent piece of legislation may bring a solution to this persistent problem. In April, Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah (R) and Brian Schatz of Hawaii (D) introduced a bipartisan bill to the United States Senate known as the Expanding […]

Telehealth may expand Oklahoman’s access to optometrists

A bill to expand telehealth in the field of optometry is currently making its way through the Oklahoma State Senate. Senate Bill No. 1163 proposes the use of “…applications designed to be used on a computer or video conferencing via an Internet device either in person or in remote locations…” According to HTRC’s Cynthia Scheiderman-Miller […]

Bipartisan, federal legislation would mark a major advancement in telehealth coverage

Medicare may soon be lifting many of its telehealth restrictions. The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) Act, better known as the CONNECT for Health Act, is a bipartisan bill introduced to Congress in February. The Act would eliminate section 1834(m) of the Social Security Act, which includes several key barriers […]