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...
July 22, 2015
The regulatory battles for telemedicine continue to play out slowly in state legislatures across the country. This week, Mississippi's medical board shelved a rule that would have put strict limits on telemedicine usage while Colorado's state medical board updated draft guidelines that will determine what doctors are and aren't allowed to do via telemedicine. And the interstate compact proposed...
April 30, 2015
One month ago, I wrote about how a Supreme Court case with little to do with digital health on the surface could turn out to be a game changer for telemedicine. It only took a month for the first lawsuit to put that new precedent to the test, and the players involved are big ones. Fresh off the news of its IPO filing, Dallas, Texas-based Teladoc sued the Texas Medical Board, alleging that a...
March 30, 2015
A recent Supreme Court decision could have a profound impact on the ability of state medical boards to prevent telemedicine companies from offering their services, according to some experts familiar with the case.
North Carolina Board of Dental (NCBD) Examiners vs Federal Trade Commission was decided by a 6-3 vote last month. The case ruled that medical boards comprised of private professionals (...
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...
October 15, 2013
Last week Boston-based American Well made its telehealth service available as a direct-to-consumer offering. Now anyone with a camera-equipped smartphone, tablet, or computer can conduct a video visit with a physician for $49 -- assuming you live in a state that doesn't prohibit it. That means those in Texas, Louisiana, Alaska, Alabama and Oklahoma will have to wait until their state's...