Telehealth Regulatory and Legal Considerations: Frequently Asked Questions
AbstractAs telehealth gains momentum as a service delivery model in the United States within the rehabilitation professions, regulatory and legal questions arise. This article examines the following questions:
1. Is there a need to secure licenses in two states (i.e., where the practitioner resides, and where the client is located), before engaging in telehealth?
2. Do state laws differ concerning if and how telehealth can occur?
3. Do any states expressly disallow telehealth?
4. Can services delivered through telehealth be billed the same way as services provided in-person?
5. If practitioners fulfill the requirements to maintain licensure (e.g., continuing education obligations) in their state of residence, do they also need to fulfill the requirements to maintain licensure for the state in which the client resides?
6. Will professional malpractice insurance cover services delivered through telehealth?
7. Does a sole practitioner need to abide by HIPAA regulations?
Responses to these questions are offered to raise awareness of the regulatory and legal implications associated with the use of a telehealth service delivery model
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