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Telehealth services: Can you provide them for your out-of-state patients?

Telehealth services: Can you provide them for your out-of-state patients?

As the public health emergency (PHE) continues and issues related to COVID-19 change quickly, you may be wondering whether you can continue to provide telehealth services for patients in other states.

Medicare will cover interstate telehealth visits but only to the extent these are permissible by state law. Many states granted interstate authority due to the PHE, but many have begun rolling back these flexibilities. While Medicare will continue to pay for interstate telehealth visits, physicians must look at the law in the state in which the patient is located to see if state law allows out-of-state physicians to engage in this type of visit. Failure to do so would subject the out-of-state physician to a charge of practicing medicine without a license in the state where the patient is located.

The Federation of State Medical Boards updated its list of states waiving licensure requirement policies in January. The rollback of telehealth flexibility policies varies from state to state.

Medicare updated its telehealth billing and coding policies in December 2021.

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