Alabama Halts Telehealth Rules

The Alabama medical board said last week that it would immediately suspend its rules requiring first time visits between a patient and physician to be in-person. ATA’s report State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis – Physician Practice Standards & Licensurefinds that Alabama, Arkansas and Texas have the strictest requirements when it comes to delivering telemedicine services compared to in-person health care. A large part of Alabama’s change of heart can be attributed to it coming in close violation of antitrust rules, however it also shows (slight) promise that other stringent states could follow suit.