New York Telehealth Regulations and Laws
Telehealth Regulations in New York
Most states have regulatory provisions governing the provision of telemedicine services. This article provides clarity on New York’s laws and regulations regarding key requirements for providing telehealth services including: standard of care, online prescribing, establishing the practitioner-patient relationship, informed consent, patient identification requirements, and requirements for medical records. This article also provides information on cross-state licensing and payment parity laws.
If you are looking for more information related to New York’s telehealth rules and laws, you can review items such as the state medical board’s regulations, applicable health insurance codes (for reimbursement, payer information, etc.), and Medicaid laws.
Standard of Care
New York state does not have any laws or regulations specific to standard of care for telehealth providers.
There is no New York state law or regulation specific to practitioner-patient relationships via telehealth.
Are There Online Prescription Restrictions?
New York does not have any laws or regulations specific to prescribing non controlled substances via virtual health care services.
Informed Patient Consent
New York does not specify any particular conditions or requirements for informed patient consent around telehealth visits.
New York does not specify any particular requirements for how a provider should verify patient identification before treating a patient via telehealth.
Professional misconduct includes failing to maintain a record for each patient that accurately reflects the evaluation and treatment of the patient.
Cross-State Medicine Licensing
The New York legislature has pending legislation (AB A10559, SB 9236) which, if signed into law, would allow the state to be a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without having to obtain additional licenses.
Payment Parity Laws
There is no payment parity law for telehealth administered in New York, which means that patients may pay different rates for specific types of telehealth services than they do for in-person care with a healthcare professional.
What Types of Providers Are Allowed to Offer Telehealth Services in New York?
In the state of New York, the health care providers allowed to offer the use of telehealth services include:
Mental health professionals
Behavioral health professionals
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