Legislative Update

Posted May 13, 2015 2:58 pm by Erin Bush

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Pending Legislation

State Bill # Status Summary
Tennessee HB 660 2/19/15: Assigned to s/c Insurance and Banking Subcommittee. Amends Tennessee Code relative to telemedicine, clarifying that for a health insurance entity to be required to provide coverage for a telehealth encounter, it must involve a licensed health care provider. Similar to SB 725.
Tennessee HB 976 3/24/15: Failed in s/c Health Subcommittee. This bill defines teledentistry and allows initial and subsequent examinations by dentists to be accomplished by means of teledentistry.
Tennessee SB 725 3/4/15: Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Amends Tennessee Code relative to telemedicine, clarifying that for a health insurance entity to be required to provide coverage for a telehealth encounter, it must involve a licensed health care provider. Similar to HB 660.
Tennessee SB 1214 3/27/15: Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Health and Welfare Committee. This bill defines teledentistry and allows initial and subsequent examinations by dentists to be accomplished by means of teledentistry.
Tennessee SB 1223 4/7/15: Placed on Senate Regular Calendar. This bill relates to Physicians and Surgeons; establishes requirements and protections for healthcare providers that practice telehealth.

 

Approved Legislation

State Bill # Status Summary
Arkansas HB 1076 4/2/15: Enacted. This bill would prohibit the use of telemedicine to administer the abortion pill.  Similar to SB 53.
Arkansas SB 53 2/25/15: Act No. 139 This bill would prohibit the use of telemedicine to administer the abortion pill.  Similar to HB 1076.
Arkansas SB 96 2/11/15: Signed by Governor. Act No. 46 This bill would provide for the Department of Human Services to submit and apply for a federal waiver or authority necessary to transform the Arkansas Medicaid program into a program with maximum state flexibility in the use of the funds for innovative and cost-effective solutions for the provision of health care.  Among other things, the solutions through this effort shall aim to sustain and improve optimized use of telemedicine.
Arkansas SB 678 3/24/15: Enacted This bill appropriates funds towards electronic health records and telehealth services grants.
Arkansas SB 133 4/1/15: Enacted This bill would authorize reimbursement and regulation of services provided through telemedicine, among other things.
Tennessee HB 699 4/24/15: Signed by Governor. This bill clarifies certain standards related to a telehealth encounter, including consent, a provider-patient relations, licensing, and the definition of telehealth.

 

Pending Regulation

State Bill # Status Summary
Arkansas 016.06.14 10/3/14: Proposed RuleComment Deadline: 11/4/14 Title: Outpatient Behavioral Health ServicesAgency: Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services

The proposed regulation would amend the Medicaid manual in regards to reimbursement for outpatient behavioral health telemedicine services.

Arkansas 117.00.14 12/16/14: Proposed ruleComment Deadline: 1/21/15 Title: General ProvisionsAgency: Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Establishes guidelines for the use of telepractice in speech language pathology and audiology.

Mississippi Part 2605, Ch. 5 3/23/15: Proposed ruleComment Deadline: 4/17/15 Title: Telemedicine PracticeAgency: Board of Medical Licensure

Proposes rules and regulations regarding the practice of telemedicine, including providing definitions, indicating when a physician-provider relationship is established, requiring MS licensure, and requiring informed consent, among other rules.

Mississippi 30 Admin Code Part 2435, Ch. 5 4/20/15: Notice of Public HearingComment Deadline: 5/15/15 Title: SOS System No. 21111Agency: Board of Medical Licensure

This rule would replace and update rules regarding the practice of telemedicine.

Tennessee TAC 0880-2-.16 1/20/15: Proposed RuleComment Deadline: 3/6/15 Title: Rules Governing the Practice of MedicineAgency: Department of Health, Bureau of Health Licensure and Regulation & Board of Medical Examiners

Revises TN’s rules related to telemedicine licensure and establishes standards for practicing telemedicine and prescribing controlled substances via telemedicine.

 

Dead Legisltation

State Bill # Status Summary
Arkansas HB 1747 4/22/15: Sine die adjournment. This bill would provide for a definition of telemedicine, and professional practice standards for providers delivering services through telemedicine. It would allow a professional relationship between a licensed health care professional and patient to be established through interactive audio or video technology, among other things.  An “emergency clause” is connected to this bill.
Arkansas SB 845 4/22/15: Sine die adjournment. This bill would provide for a definition of telemedicine, and professional practice standards for providers delivering services through telemedicine. It would allow a professional relationship between a licensed health care professional and patient to be established through interactive audio or video technology, among other things.  An “emergency clause” is connected to this bill.
Arkansas SB 846 4/22/15: Sine die adjournment. The purpose of this act is to encourage telemedicine. No other details are currently available.
Mississippi HB 114 3/3/15: Died in Committee This bill would establish the Mississippi Rural Hospital Transition and Improvement Grant Program. Under the grant, moneys can be used for (among other things) establishing a telemedicine system.
Mississippi HB 1605 2/25/15: Died in committee This bill would provide an income tax credit to employers who pay costs in connection with a qualified wellness program.  A qualified wellness program means a program that consists of at least three specified components.  One of these components is a supportive environment which includes access to healthy options at the workplace and policies and services that promote healthy lifestyle behaviors, including policies to (among other things) access on-site and/or telehealth services.
Mississippi SB 2333 1/25/15: Died in committee. This bill would create a tax credit for employers that pay for costs associated with a qualified wellness plan.  The plan must consist of at least three components of the following components: a health awareness component, an employee engagement component, behavioral change component, supportive component (which includes access to on-site care and/or telehealth services).


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