Telehealth

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, states have taken measures to alleviate the occupational licensure policy burdens that impede state response efforts and which are counterintuitive to social distancing practices. The following information presents a collection of policy actions states have implemented to expand telehealth services.

The enhanced use of telehealth/telemedicine services allows states to augment the availability of health care services while promoting social distancing. Several states have taken actions that reduce regulations associated with telehealth, including allowing practitioners (including those out of state) not normally authorized to deliver telehealth services to do so and modifying in-person examination requirements which are a pre-requisite for telehealth services.

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The executive orders, administrative orders and legislation included in this web resource represent a sample of the actions states have enacted in response to COVID-19. Therefore, this resource is not intended to be represented as an exhaustive list of state actions, but rather used to review the variances in strategies states have implemented through occupational licensing policy to effectuate response efforts. The descriptions of the policy actions have been summarized to include relevant detail but should be viewed in full for their entire context. CSG will continue to update the list of policy actions throughout the duration of the state public health emergency response and recovery efforts.