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Telehealth adaptation continues to grow — 34 states have laws supporting reimbursement

Health Data Management reports approximately 34 states have laws that support telehealth reimbursement.

Here's what you should know:

1. Oklahoma and Texas were two states that most recently signed bills into law.

2. American Telemedicine Association's Chief Policy Officer Gary Capistrant said to HDM that despite more states supporting reimbursement, there are still difficulties concerning reimbursement laws; specifically, the varying nature of the laws on a state-by-state basis.

3. The federal government has "lagged behind" on reducing barriers to telemedicine adaptation, Mr. Capistrant said.

4. Mr. Capistrant believes states could continue to encourage adaptation by changing existing policies. He believes licensing as it is currently is — done by a state-by-state basis — should be simplified.

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