Telehealth across borders — with Heather Alleva


Telehealth across borders — with Heather Alleva

October 8, 2021

Telehealth across borders — with Heather Alleva

State licensure and differing regulations on privacy, licensure, and more have always been a barrier to virtual care models that seek to care for anyone with an Internet connection. Which of those hurdles have been overcome and which still remain? And how did COVID-19 and its associated waivers affect this complex issue?

On this episode of HIMSSCast, a tie-in to our Virtual Care Paradigm series, host Jonah Comstock welcomes Heather Alleva, an associate at Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney specializing in healthcare law, to get a rundown on some of these issues, including some little-known practice restriction. If you’re thinking about starting a multi-state virtual care business, be sure to give this one a listen.

Talking points:

  • How COVID affected licensure laws and what’s happening to them now
  • How different state laws affect telehealth reimbursement
  • How reimbursement affects adoption and investment
  • Pros and cons of payment parity
  • Telehealth licensure compacts and where they are today
  • Limits and levers of federal government power
  • How the government can lead by example
  • How restrictions can hinder telehealth innovation
  • Privacy and security legislative barriers
  • The corporate practice of medicine prohibition
  • Antitrust laws and health technology
  • How to navigate the complexities of telehealth regulations

More about this episode:

Virtual care regulation: What’s next (this episode’s companion TV segment)

Now is the time for providers to be proactive about telehealth

22 states changed telemedicine laws during the pandemic

Report shows ‘vast improvement’ in state telehealth reimbursement policies

The prominent issues telehealth must tackle when the pandemic passes

Building an interstate regulatory framework for telemedicine

How a Supreme Court case about teeth whitening could bolster telemedicine interests (2015 throwback)

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