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Ohio Telehealth Regulations and Laws

Telehealth Regulations in Ohio

Most states have regulatory provisions governing the provision of telemedicine services. This article provides clarity on Ohio’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 parity laws.

If you are looking for more information related to Ohio’s telehealth rules and laws, you can review items such as the state medical board of Ohio’s regulations, applicable health insurance codes (for reimbursement, payer information, etc.), and Medicaid laws.

What is Standard of Care for Telehealth in Ohio?

The standard of care for telehealth services is equal to the standard of care for in-person services.

What is Practitioner-Patient Relationship for Telehealth in Ohio?

A practitioner-patient relationship is established when the practitioner provides service to a person to address medical needs, whether the service was provided by mutual consent or implied consent, or was provided without consent pursuant to a court order. Once a practitioner-patient relationship is established, a person remains a patient until the relationship is terminated.

Are There Online Prescription Restrictions for Telehealth in Ohio?

A practitioner may prescribe, personally furnish, otherwise provide, or cause to be provided a prescription drug that is not a controlled substance to a person on whom the practitioner has never conducted a physical examination and who is at a location remote from the practitioner by complying with certain telemedicine requirements.

What is Informed Patient Consent for Telehealth in Ohio?

The healthcare professional shall obtain the patient's informed consent for treatment through a remote examination.

What are Patient Identification Regulations for Telehealth in Ohio?

The practitioner shall establish the patient's identity and physical location.

What are Medical Records Regulations for Telehealth in Ohio?

A practitioner shall complete and maintain accurate medical records reflecting the practitioner’s examination, evaluation, and treatment of all the practitioner's patients.

What are Cross-State Medicine Licensing Regulations for Telehealth in Ohio?

Ohio is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) but it will officially be implemented on January 1, 2023. The NLC allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without having to obtain additional licenses.

What are Payment Parity Laws for Telehealth in Ohio?

In Ohio, a health benefit plan shall not impose a cost-sharing requirement for telehealth services that exceeds the cost-sharing requirement for comparable in-person visits and health care services.

What Types of Providers Are Allowed to Offer Telehealth Services in Ohio?

In the state of Ohio, the health care providers allowed to offer the use of telehealth services include:

  • Physicians

  • Physician assistants

  • Mental health professionals

  • Nurse practitioners

  • Physical therapists

  • Physical therapist assistants

  • Social workers

  • Optometrists

  • Speech-language pathologists

  • Family therapists

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