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
During the 2015–2016 legislative session, Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) and Representative Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) introduced telemedicine legislation in the Senate (Senate Bill 1342) and House of Representatives (House Bill 2267).
Given the limited number of session days scheduled last fall, neither bill advanced to the Governor for his signature. Work on these bills resumed at the beginning of the 2017–2018 session.
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 anticipates these bills to be reintroduced in the near