Disciplinary Issues with Out-of-State Telehealth
Millions of Americans tried telehealth for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic. As temporary flexibilities have started to expire patients are losing access to providers in other states. Should access to these out-of-state providers remain? Is there a patient safety argument to be made to restrict their access?
Josh Archambault and Dr. Ateev Mehrotra sought to find out by obtaining complaint and disciplinary data from Florida and Idaho, two states that have been allowing patients to access care from providers in another state. What they found shows very few issues, and appears to call into question the reasons holding back the allowance of out-of-state telehealth.