VA.gov: VA Expands Telehealth by Allowing Health Care Providers to Treat Patients Across State Lines

“Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new federal rule that will allow VA doctors, nurses and other health-care providers to administer care to Veterans using telehealth, or virtual technology, regardless of where in the United States the provider or Veteran is located, including when care will occur across state lines or outside a VA facility.”

“Previously, it was unclear whether VA providers could furnish care to Veterans in other states through telehealth because of licensing restrictions or state-specific telehealth laws. This new rule exercises federal preemption to override those state restrictions, paving the way for VA to expand care to Veterans using telehealth. VA worked closely with the White House Office of American Innovation and the Department of Justice for implementation of the new rule…”

“VA first announced the proposed rule, titled “Authority of Health Care Providers to Practice Telehealth,” at a White House event last August, during which VA and President Donald Trump launched the “Anywhere to Anywhere” initiative.”

“In the announcement, VA also unveiled VA Video Connect, a video conferencing app…” Read the full press release here.

Source: VA Expands Telehealth by Allowing Health Care Providers to Treat Patients Across State Lines – May 11, 2018. VA.gov.

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