New California Law Seeks To Expand Telehealth Services for Medicaid Beneficiaries
A new California law (AB 415) is expanding access to health care services in rural areas through the use of telehealth.
The law allows for a broader range of telehealth services, expands the definition of telehealth providers to include all licensed health care professionals, expands telehealth care settings and allows state hospitals to establish medical credentials for telehealth providers more easily.
In a California Healthline Special Report by Deirdre Kennedy, telehealth experts discuss how the new law is working.
The Special Report includes comments from:
- April Armstrong, director of the Clinical Research Unit and Teledermatology Program at UC-Davis Health System's Department of Dermatology;
- Mario Gutierrez, interim executive director for the Center for Connected Health Policy;
- Jonathan Lopez, a dermatology patient;
- Jen Lang-Ree, a nurse practitioner in Truckee, Calif.; and
- Thomas Nesbitt, director of UC-Davis' Center for Health and Technology (Kennedy, California Healthline, 2/27).
The complete transcript of this report is available as a PDF.