Telemedicine Legislation Hits the States
ASCO is currently tracking 57 telemedicine bills across the states and working with State Societies and other medical specialty groups on the ground to weigh in on this emerging issue. On January 27, Maryland HB 123/SB 3 were heard in their chambers’ respective health care committees. This legislation is in line with ASCO’s 2020 Interim Statement on Telemedicine in Cancer Care and has provisions calling for reimbursement rates to be the same for telemedicine visits as in-person visits and reimbursement for audio-only appointments to be equal to audio-visual appointments. Additionally, ASCO sent a letter of support on North Dakota SB 2179, another bill containing key ASCO principles, heard last week. To follow which bills we are tracking in real time on telemedicine and each of our other issues, view our 2021 State Tracker.