February 15, 2017
The two latest bills in the quest to make telemedicine in Arkansas more like the rest of the country have passed.
House Bill 1437 aims to ease up the restrictions on telemedicine laws that were enacted in 2015 by eliminating the requirement that patients must be at a healthcare facility to receive telemedicine services. The companion legislation, Senate Bill 146, decrees the originating site can...
February 2, 2017
Arkansas legislators are making headway on their quest to ease telemedicine restrictions in the state.
The State Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee voted in favor of recommending a “do pass” for Senate Bill 146, which is authored by committee chairperson Sen. Cecile Bledsoe and proposes a change in doctor-patient relationship establishment requirements in a 2015 telemedicine bill,...
October 10, 2016
Arkansas is inching closer to the national standard of telemedicine allowances. The state’s Medical Board unanimously passed requirements allowing doctors to examine patients from afar through audio and visual technology, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Patients and physicians must establish a relationship before a telemedicine visits, the rules state, and the relationship cannot be...
September 16, 2016
Arkansans will now be able to use telemedicine the way every other state (except Texas) does. The state’s Board of Medicine approved regulations that allow a doctor and patient to establish a relationship via telemedicine.
The medical board’s approved regulations outline a “proper physician-patient relationship” to include “a face-to-face examination using real time audio and visual telemedicine...
August 16, 2016
Arkansas, which lags behind the rest of the country in regards to telemedicine, approved one medical board rule to expand telehealth services in the state, but rejected a second that would change requirements for doctors’ use of telemedicine, Arkansas’ KUAR radio reports. While the first rule allows doctors and patients to establish a relationship via audiovisual technology, the lack of a...
July 19, 2016
In Arkansas, currently the only state in the nation that does not allow telemedicine companies like Teladoc or American Well to treat patients, a proposed telemedicine rule that would have made remote visits more permissible was stalled when a key legislative panel declined to sign off, Politico's Morning eHealth reported.
Arkansas is ranked last in the nation in telemedicine practice standards...
March 26, 2015
Rep. Cecile Bledsoe
Shortly after the Arkansas House of Representatives rejected a bill that would have allowed telemedicine companies to offer services within the state, the House has passed a more limited bill, which had already cleared the Senate, increasing the allowable range of telemedicine services.
The new bill, SB133, is more restrictive than the one that was previously voted down. It...
March 24, 2015
Rep. Dan Sullivan
The Arkansas House of Representatives has voted down a bill that would allow telemedicine companies to offer services within the state. The bill was defeated 41-21 with two people voting present.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Dan Sullivan (R-Jonesboro) who explained in the hearing that the bill specifically addressed "the opportunity to do certain primary care activities,...