June 22, 2017

Texas law marks turning point in telemedicine



Texas State Capitol building-close oblique view
By Daniel Mayer (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Over the weekend, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law, changing the face of telemedicine in the state.

With Abbott’s signature on Senate Bill 1107, physicians can now utilize telemedicine services with patients they haven’t met in person. This quashes an earlier requirement that physician-patient relationships had to be established with an in-person visit first.

Texas was the last state to still uphold this requirement, according to Politico . Now that it’s abolished, direct-to-consumer telemedicine companies can expand their services across the nation. Though technically, there are still limitations on phone call-based telemedicine in Arkansas and Idaho.

This is good news for companies like Teladoc, Doctor on Demand, American Well and MDLive.

Teladoc is especially cheering. The telehealth provider has  […]

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