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A news report identifies policies in different states of the country. Digging in through the lens of a patient’s ease of access to healthcare.

The Cicero Institute recently released a report on the examination of telemedicine policies across states. The report is a joint project of the libertarian think tank Reason Foundation. The mission of the study is to design “market-driven policy systems.”

The study lists out the expected telemedic policies. It tends to focus on modality-neutral options. It supports telehealth providers by allowing interstate licenses.

However, it advises the state to refrain from in-person visits before opting for telehealth. The report’s authors support their opinion by stating, “While they cannot and should not replace all in-person medical appointments, virtual visits can save patients time and help them avoid germ-filled waiting rooms. Providers can also cut down on their risk of exposure and take some pressure off overburdened systems as they can see patients from an office or home. “

As per the report, not all states require personal visits prior to telemedicine. Alabama, Tennessee, and West Virginia can do so in the available capacity.

In 22 states in the country, any healthcare provider can use telemedicine. They include Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, Illinois, and others. California and New York are the only states where the code limits virtual providers.

Half of the states use the term “modality-neutral” to define the synchronous and asynchronous forms of care.

Every state in the country has certain criteria for placing telemedicine across the state line. Florida, Arizona, and Indiana are the only states that have definitive policies. They also offer registration and licensing to all inter-state health care providers.

There are steps to address this particular issue at hand. And many states in the country are trying to ease the process of accessing cross-border care. More than 16 states are claiming membership in the Nursing Licensure Compact and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

The report’s authors also pointed out that the shift of American citizens to telemedicine will be beneficial for better health care outcomes. It will also give ease of access to care to patients with their medical history already online.

Lastly, the report highlights the flaws in the telemedicine policies. The states pass their own medical policies in accordance with long-term federal action; changes are not permanent.