New York Expanding Telehealth Delivery Options

Early this
month, it was reported that Maryland was considering a bill that would expand
the list of providers able to utilize telehealth services to include social
workers. The state found social workers play a vital role in helping people
fight substance abuse, and that role can be even more impactful when combined
with the use of telehealth. New York, too, has been in the process of expanding
who can use telehealth to deliver mental health services. As the National
Law Review
first reported, the state recently passed an amendment in
mid-July to the state’s “Office of Mental Health’s (OMH) Telemental Health
Services regulations increasing the types of professionals who may provide care
and the places where care recipients can be treated” using telehealth

The amendment
expands the type of professionals who are authorized to provide services
through telehealth to include those previously included, physicians and nurse
practitioners, and the following new additions: psychologists, licensed social
workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, creative
arts therapists, and psychoanalysts. Those wishing to use telehealth must first
submit a written plan to the OMH and receive written approval of the plan
before providing telemental health services. In addition to expanding who may
provide these services, the amendment also addresses the location where
patients may receive these services. Previously, telemental health practitioners
had to be physically located at the site that participated in Medicaid. Now, as
the National
Law Review
explains, “[p]ractitioners may deliver telemental health services
from anywhere in the state, while prescribers of telemental health services
(i.e., nurse practitioners in psychiatry and psychiatrists) need only be
located within the United States.” Furthermore, patients may be practically
anywhere in the state or outside the state, including their place of resident,
a temporary location, or an OMH licensed site, to receive these telemental

This amendment
is slated to have a significant impact on telehealth providers and recipients,
as it will provide greater freedom for providers and greater access for
recipients. Beyond that, as the National Law Review sums up, it
attempts to further the telemental health services program’s “aim to improve
the availability of mental health services by allowing recipients to receive
services virtually at a location distant from the treating practitioner, where
such services may not be readily accessible because of distance, location,
time, or inadequate resources.”

Click here to read the National Law Review article on New York’s new telemedicine regulations.


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