Pennsylvania Telehealth Regulations and Laws
Telehealth Regulations in Pennsylvania
Most states have regulatory provisions governing the provision of telemedicine services. This article provides clarity on Pennsylvania’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 Pennsylvania’s laws and rules on telehealth, 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
Pennsylvania does not specify any particular conditions or requirements for the standard of care around telehealth visits.
Pennsylvania does not specify any particular conditions or requirements for the health care practitioner-patient relationship around telehealth visits.
Are There Online Prescription Restrictions?
There is no Pennsylvania state law or regulation specific to prescribing non controlled substances via telehealth. However, there may be provider-specific limitations on prescribing controlled substances via the use of telehealth.
Informed Patient Consent
Pennsylvania does not specify any particular conditions or requirements for informed patient consent around telehealth visits.
Pennsylvania does not specify any particular requirements for how a provider should verify patient identification before treating a patient via a telecommunication platform.
A patient’s medical record shall be retained by a physician for at least 7 years from the date of the last medical service for which a medical record entry is required.
Cross-State Medicine Licensing
Pennsylvania is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), but implementation is currently pending. The NLC allows nurses to practice and provide patient care in other NLC states without having to obtain additional licenses.
Payment Parity Laws
There is no payment parity law for telehealth administered in Pennsylvania, which means that Pennsylvanians may pay different rates for specific types of telehealth services than they do for in-person services.
What Types of Providers Are Allowed to Offer Telehealth Services in Pennsylvania?
In Pennsylvania, the health care providers allowed to offer virtual health care services include:
Mental health professionals
Behavioral health service professionals
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