Lacktman Quoted on New Telemedicine Laws in Oklahoma, Texas

02 August 2017 Bloomberg BNA News
Partner Nate Lacktman was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article, “New State Telemedicine Laws Show Provider Hurdles Remain,” covering the pros and cons of the new telemedicine laws in Oklahoma and Texas, and the evolution of telemedicine as a whole.

Lacktman said, “Although there is relative consistency and homogeneity in how state laws define the ‘practice of medicine,’ state law definitions of telemedicine are varied, as are state telemedicine practice standards. Telemedicine providers would benefit if state legislatures and medical boards used consistent definitions, such as the model language contained in the Federation of State Medical Boards’ [Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies].”

“There is an evolution at play for telemedicine regulation,” he continued later. “When we started, most states had no telemedicine rules, and providers asked for laws that affirmatively stated ‘yes, you may use telemedicine.’ A decade later, providers are asking to make those same rules less onerous and more flexible.”