The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has developed a state-by-state breakdown  of telemedicine legislation, including legislative mandates for private coverage, medicaid coverage, and other proposed bills at the state level.
Telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services and clinical information using telecommunications technology including internet, cellular, wireless, satellite, and telephone. For the Parkinson’s community, telemedicine is a powerful service that would increase access to neurologists and movement disorder specialists who specialize in treating people with Parkinson’s.
For example, because there are a limited number of neurologists in certain states, people with Parkinson’s may need or want to see a doctor in another state via telemedicine for their care. However, current law requires doctors to be licensed in the state where the patient is located, and the process for doctors to obtain multiple state licenses is burdensome and expensive. PAN is working with colleagues on Capitol Hill to explore possible federal legislative solutions to this issue and several other hurdles that impede the practice of telemedicine.
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PAN has endorsed H.R. 2001, the Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2013. If passed, this bill would remove current state licensure barriers to the practice of telemedicine within the Veterans Administration, and would allow veterans to receive health care in their home, regardless of location.
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Date originally posted: October 25, 2013.