On October 13th, Governor Newsom signed six telehealth-related bills that will impact telehealth expansion throughout California. Among the signed bills is A.B. 744, which requires telehealth payment parity for commercial payers by January 1, 2021. Newsom also signed A.B. 1264, which allows providers to use telehealth to conduct examinations prior to prescribing, dispensing or furnishing drugs so long as the examination meets the standard of care. This strengthens the legal foundation needed to ensure the growth of telehealth to provide t right care at the right time in the right place.
This week’s Round Up highlights seven telehealth-related bills that have made their way from the California state legislature to Governor Newsom’s desk where they are awaiting his signature or veto by October 13th.
In addition to establishing payment parity for telehealth, these bills establish and extend telehealth’s use and reimbursement. For example, if signed by the Governor, one bill will reimburse telehealth for delivering healthcare in emergency situations and another will allow its use for prescribing medications.