2022 Updated Telemedicine Licensing Requirements to Note


Prior to the pandemic, many states’ medical licensing boards did not anticipate the widespread usage of telemedicine across state lines. Therefore, telemedicine regulations in those states did not address this need. When federal regulatory changes enabled greater access and reimbursement for telemedicine across state lines, many states issued temporary rulings to accommodate usage during the pandemic and while under a public health emergency. As time has gone by and the emergency has ended, many states have revised their guidelines and licensing requirements.


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Each state’s medical licensing board still dictates the rules for how telemedicine will be provided to patients who are in their state at the time medical services are provided. These licensing requirements must be adhered to for a physician to be considered “licensed” to provide telemedicine to patients who are located outside of Louisiana at the time of service—even if the patient is regularly seen in an office in Louisiana. Some states do make a distinction between follow-up/episodic care and “new” services but the definitions between the two are vague. Below are charts that outline the requirements in surrounding states along with exceptions to the requirement.

Click here to view charts that outline the requirements in Louisiana and surrounding states along with exceptions to the requirement.

If you have any questions regarding the licensing requirements, each state’s licensing board is the best resource for answers, or ask an attorney to review the services you provide for compliance with other states’ regulations.


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