Because of COVID-19, several states have loosened telehealth restrictions, allowing many providers to provide telehealth for the first time. But not all states have jumped on the telehealth bandwagon, and even those that have aren’t necessarily planning to stay on the bandwagon. Many states have stipulated that these regulatory relaxations are temporary—and that providers will only be allowed to provide telehealth for the duration of the COVID-19 health crisis. Some telehealth privileges may even be revoked before the pandemic is officially over.
It’s critical that you consult your state practice act and any applicable new legislation to figure out exactly which telehealth services you can legally provide your patients. Or, you can reach out to your state’s therapy licensing board to ask about your options.