Telehealth Report Cards: Did Your State Pass or Fail?
Last week, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) released two reports that detailed how each U.S. state handles their telemedicine programs. The “report cards” graded states on factors such as reimbursement policies, physician practice, and licensure guidelines, giving each state a letter grade based on their progress.
With these report summaries, which can be downloaded here, the ATA has managed to analyze the telemedicine landscape across the United States, which is an unusually complex set of policies.
Here is a glimpse into some of their findings and results:
Private Insurance Parity (coverage and reimbursement for telemedicine provided services)
A (15 states + DC): California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
B (2): Colorado, Louisiana
C (4): Arizona, Michigan, Oregon, Vermont
F (29): Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Physician-Patient Encounter Via Telemedicine (policies in place for permitting telemedicine use before, during, and after a visit)
A (27 states + DC): Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia
Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
B (17): Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming
C (1): Georgia
F (5): Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas
Overall, these reports serve to inform states of where they are excelling and failing in telemedicine adoption. The ATA’s goal is to have states respond by working to streamline their policies and work to enhance practice and licensure rules, quality, and reduce costs associated with healthcare.