Texas put more relaxed telehealth rules in place last year, but the state still has some of the most restrictive policies in the U.S., according to findings from a new survey by legal and consulting firm Manatt.
The firm conducted a 50-state survey of state laws and Medicaid program policies, grouping the states into three classifications: progressive, moderate, and restrictive. Texas is one of a dozen states that Manatt found to be restrictive. The others: Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.
Manatt examined each state by six categories. Here’s how Texas rated in all six:
• Practice Standards and Licensure: Restrictive
• Medicaid Coverage and Reimbursement: Moderate
• Medicaid-Eligible Patient Settings: Moderate
• Medicaid-Eligible Provider Settings: Progressive
• Medicaid-Eligible Technologies: Restrictive
• Medicaid Service Limitations: Progressive