On February 8, the Alliance for Connected Care submitted a letter of support for Maryland House Bill 670, which would require the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) to study the ways that interstate telehealth can be expanded to allow Maryland residents to use telehealth to receive health services from out-of-state practitioners.
As a telehealth advocacy organization, the Alliance believes that one of the biggest barriers to telehealth becoming a regular patient and provider choice is the administrative burden caused by the variation in licensure requirements from state to state. This bill would allow the state to evaluate the role interstate telehealth can play in addressing health care needs. We believe such a study is critical to help show the value expanding interstate telehealth practice can have on increasing access to care and ensuring continuity of care, particularly for rural and underserved areas and areas experiencing provider shortages.
To read the full letter, click here and see below: