DHHS to study telemedicine policy

2017-07-24 | July 24, 2017

Last week, Gov. Cooper signed HB 283: DHHS Recommend Telemedicine Policy into law. The legislation requries the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to study and recommend a telemedicine policy for consideration by the General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session.

The report, which is due to the legislature by October 1, 2017, must study telemedicine/telehealth laws from across the country as they pertain to:

  • A defitnion of telemedicine.
  • The scope of services that can be covered by telemedicine.
  • Acceptable communitcation and data transfer standards necessary to ensure privacy of health information and appropriate for insurance reimbursement.
  • Informed consent standards.
  • Online prescribing standards.
  • Telemedicine provider licensing standards.
  • Private payer telemedicine reimbursement standards.

DHHS is also requried to study the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) and its impact on the delivery of psychology services via telemedicine.

The legislation allows for the study to examine services reimbursed under the Medicaid policy, but at this time there are no plans to change the State's Medicaid policy as it relates to telemedicine.

Bills

  1. H283: Telehealth Fairness Act.