Telemedicine Use Simmering Down After Explosive Increase

October 5, 2021

After a dramatic surge at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of telehealth has leveled off to about 20% or less for all medical appointments, according to a recent survey.
As the pandemic took hold, the location of health professionals using telemedicine wasn’t restricted. Most states and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services temporarily waived rules requiring that physicians and other healthcare professionals hold a valid license in the state in which the patient was located. While Illinois recently passed telehealth legislation, many other states are rolling back those waivers and examining the larger debate over states’ authority concerning medical licenses and other enforcement issues. This resource from the Illinois State Medical Society provides an overview of the changes included in Illinois’ recent telemedicine legislation.
ISMIE offers a helpful primer on telemedicine for policyholders that outlines the key risk management considerations. Become familiar with the laws and regulations pertaining to telemedicine to avoid inadvertently practicing without a license in another state.
For more information, please contact the Risk Management team.
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