Laws ensuring commercial insurance coverage for telehealth increasing among states

in health •  2 months ago 

Laws ensuring commercial insurance coverage for telehealth increasing among states (mobi health news)

  • According to a survey report by law firm Foley & Lardner, 42 US states and the District of Columbia have statutes in place regarding commercial insurance coverage for telehealth as of October.
  • However, only 16 states address reimbursement specifically, with 10 having payment parity on rates for virtual and in-person visits.

Analysis and Comments

  • According to a white paper from FAIR Health, telehealth usage has grown from less than 5% nationally in 2012 to 45% in 2017 – with overall consumer experience with virtual consultations seemingly positive.
  • With many state laws previously inhibiting the growth of telehealth services, the report shows a growing number of laws being passed that encourage the adoption – with the trend being towards “favourable treatment” for telehealth.
  • See here for the full report.

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