The report of Foley and Lardner found that 43 states and D.C implemented the telehealth commercial payer law version, but the payment parity is lagging behind.
Foley and Lardner LLP came up with a report on Tuesday. It has found the compelled state with COVID-19 pandemic, and federal policymakers are about to remove the restrictions. The restrictions are on the expanding of the reimbursement for telehealth and virtual care at a significant rate, going to be removed.
The firm that monitors the legal policy for telemedicine and the digital health industry came up with the report. The report says that 43 states and districts of Columbia are implemented with a version for the state telehealth commercial payer law. According to experts, this year it is also going to boost up the expansion.
Nathaniel Lacktman, partner and chair of the firm’s national telemedicine and digital health industry team, says: The health plans are more telemedicine and digital health coverage. It is the part of the more acceptance in virtual care. Changes are going to remain large even after the Public Health emergency comes to an end.
The wide range of the report is focusing on the commercial health insurance laws. It is not the Medicaid rules. Not all the laws are equally effective in providing virtual care in this area.
This report says that 14 states news the payment parity for telehealth. The new law of Massachusetts has a new law that is offering payment parity only for behavioral health services. The report says the trend is going toward equitable treatment for telehealth.
Tennessee is the single state that goes with the restriction on the originating site of the patients. Thirty states are also having the protection against the charging of payment for the telehealth consultation than the regular way.
More than half of the states are offering coverage for asynchronous telehealth. The report says that these laws are to benefit the patients to have better service. There are also 300 bills in the state to expand telehealth access. Though there are legal and regulatory complexities in 50 states, there are still more prospects for telehealth to grow.