A Comprehensive Guide to Regulatory Requirements for Telehealth Providers


With the rise of telemedicine, healthcare providers must be aware of the various regulations that govern their practice. David Woroboff, CEO of 24/7 Call-A-Doc and a leader in the field of telemedicine and mental health, has been working in this industry for over 30 years. In this article, he provides an overview of the regulatory requirements for telehealth providers.
Federal Laws & Regulations
The federal government regulates healthcare through legislation such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which sets minimum standards for the privacy and security of patient information, as well as the HITECH Act, which incentivizes providers to adopt electronic health record systems. Both laws apply to all healthcare providers regardless of whether they are providing medical services in person or remotely via telehealth.
State Laws & Regulations
David Woroboff In addition to federal laws and regulations, each state also has its own set of rules governing healthcare services. These regulations can vary significantly from one state to another so it is important for telehealth providers to familiarize themselves with their local rules before offering any remote services. Some states may require that all care be provided onsite by a licensed provider, while others may allow for certain services to be offered remotely.
Licensing Requirements
Finally, there are licensing requirements that must be met by all healthcare professionals who wish to offer medical services via telehealth. These requirements vary from state to state but typically include being licensed in the state where you will be providing care as well as any other states where your patients may reside. It is also important to ensure that you have obtained any necessary certifications from professional organizations related to your area of practice.
By staying up-to-date on these regulations, healthcare providers can ensure that they are compliant with all relevant laws while still providing quality care with minimal disruption or interruption in service delivery.