During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth usage saw a huge uptick, and it appears that it is here to stay.
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While the demand for telehealth has appeared to decrease recently, there is still a need for it and some local governments are acting to protect telehealth services.
Illinois recently signed a bill into law requiring equal coverage for virtual mental health and substance use disorder services.
Other states may soon follow suit.
The Illinois law also expands early intervention services allowable via telehealth, bars insurers from requiring patients to provide a reason for choosing telehealth as opposed to an office visit, and prevents insurance from requiring in-person visits prior to telehealth appointments.
If you are providing telehealth services and need clarification on whether your state is continuing telemedicine protections following COVID-19, contact your healthcare attorney today.
22 states have changed telehealth laws during the pandemic, but not all changes will continue following expiration of the public health emergency.
Various services are more suited to telehealth, such as mental and behavioral health services, as opposed to those requiring in-person evaluations or treatments.
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