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Bill Signing: Senate Bill 2395 (Relating to Telehealth) – July 7, 2016

Bill Signing: Senate Bill 2395 (Relating to Telehealth) – July 7, 2016

On July 7, 2016, Governor David Ige of the State of Hawaii signed into law Senate Bill 2395: Relating to Telehealth as Act 226 (16). This Act:

  • Requires the State’s Medicaid Managed Care and Fee-for-Service programs to cover services provided through telehealth;
  • Specifies that any telehealth services provided shall be consistent with all federal and state privacy, security, and confidentiality laws;
  • Specifies medical professional liability insurance policy requirements with regard to telehealth coverage;
  • Clarifies that reimbursement for services provided through telehealth shall be equivalent to reimbursement for the same services provided via face-to-face contact between a health care provider and a patient;
  • Requires written disclosure of coverages and benefits associated with telehealth services;
  • Ensures that telehealth encompasses store and forward technologies, remote monitoring, live consultation, and mobile health;
  • Ensures that telehealth is covered when originating in a patient’s home and other non-medical environments;
  • Clarifies requirements for physicians and out-of-state physicians to establish a physician-patient relationship via telehealth;
  • Ensures that reimbursement requirements for telehealth services apply to all health benefits plans under chapter 87A, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and
  • Makes other conforming amendments related to telehealth for clarity.

To view the Act in its entirety: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/GM1328_.PDF

To watch the signing ceremony: https://youtu.be/ZUufRdqIy4Q

Photo (L-R): Senator Rosalyn Baker, Hawai‘i State Legislature; Christina Higa, Co-Program Director, PBTRC; Governor David Ige, State of Hawai‘i; Deborah Birkmire-Peters, Co-Program Director, PBTRC

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