Impact of Telehealth in Pennsylvania
Telehealth can be used to connect a specialist to a patient at a distance. It can be used to deliver life-saving care, as well as deliver routine care in a timely, cost-effective manner. Services delivered through telehealth can save time and money, as well as enhance health outcomes and support population health.
Telehealth can support the right care, at the right time, and in the right setting for Pennsylvanians.
Pennsylvania Telehealth Legislation
Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) and Representative Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) introduced telemedicine legislation in the Senate (Senate Bill 780) and House of Representatives (House Bill 1648) in 2017.
Both bills define the key components of telemedicine, set licensing requirements, and require health insurers to provide reimbursement for telemedicine services if they pay for the same service in person.
HAP strongly supports the bills.
During June 2018, the PA Senate unanimously approved SB 780. The legislation has been referred to the House Professional Licensure Committee.