Telemedicine services; coverage and practice. (HB1970)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City) with support from co-patron Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Telemedicine services; coverage and practice. Requires insurers, corporations, or health maintenance organizations to cover remote patient monitoring services as part of their coverage of telemedicine services to the full extent that these services are available. The bill defines remote patient monitoring services as the delivery of home health services using telecommunications technology to enhance the delivery of home health care, including monitoring of clinical patient data such as weight, blood pressure, pulse, pulse oximetry, blood glucose, and other condition-specific data; medication adherence monitoring; and interactive video conferencing with or without digital image upload. The bill requires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance services a provision for the payment of medical assistance for health care services provided through telemedicine services, including remote monitoring services and the use of telemedicine technologies as it pertains to remote patient monitoring services, to the full extent that these services are available. The bill provides that provisions of the Code of Virginia regulating health professions regulated by the Board of Medicine do not prevent or prohibit any practitioner of one of such professions who is located in another state and is in good standing with the applicable regulatory agency in such state from providing telemedicine services within the scope of his practice to a patient located in Virginia. Finally, the bill provides that in cases in which a practitioner of the healing arts is providing telemedicine services, such practice is deemed to occur where the practitioner is located at the time of provision. Amends § 32.1-325, § 38.2-3418.16, § 54.1-2901, § 54.1-2903, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/11/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee


01/07/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102304D
01/07/2019Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/11/2019Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1

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