Telehealth – Alabama State Policy

Topic: Telehealth – Alabama State Policy

Written policy report on the issue: The written portion of this assignment will be a two-page double-spaced page. This is not a traditional research paper but a policy report intended to give you practice in the type of report you will submit if working for a policy maker or advocacy group.

Social Policy and Aging – Group Project Notes

https://www.cchpca.org/about/about-telehealth:

What is telehealth:

  • Telehealth is a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies. 
  • Telehealth encompasses a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services. Telehealth is not a specific service, but a collection of means to enhance care and education delivery.
  • CCHP and other members of the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers finalized a Telehealth Definition Framework to help policy makers, practitioners, payers, and the public understand how to accurately apply “telehealth” and its key components.

Telehealth in Alabama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM8KXhZlucM

Telehealth and Medicaid: https://www.cchpca.org/telehealth-policy/current-state-laws-and-reimbursement-policies?jurisdiction=30&category=All&topic=All

  • Alabama Medicaid Definitions:
    • There is no explicit definition of “telemedicine” given in state Medicaid policy. However, the provider manual states, “Services must be administered via an interactive audio and video telecommunications system which permits two-way communication between the distant site physician and the origination site where the recipient is located (this does not include a telephone conversation, electronic mail message, or facsimile transmission between the physician, recipient, or a consultation between two physicians).

v  Professional Regulation/Health Safety:

o   Alabama Professional Regulation/Health & Safety Online Prescribing:

§  The Alabama Board of Medical Examiners holds the position that, when prescribing medications to an individual, the prescriber, when possible, should personally examine the patient.  Prescribing medications for patients the physician has not personally examined may be suitable for certain circumstances, including telemedicine.

§  Licensees are expected to adhere to federal and state statute regarding prescribing of controlled substances.

  • Alabama Professional Regulation/Health & Safety Cross-State Licensing:“A special purpose license allowing practitioners licensed in other states to practice across state lines may be issued.”Source: Code of AL Sec. 34-24-502 – 507. AL passed legislation to be a part of the interstate licensing compact.Source: AL Act 2015-197 (2015).
  • What is telehealth:
    • Telehealth is a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies. 
    • Telehealth encompasses a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services. Telehealth is not a specific service, but a collection of means to enhance care and education delivery.
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