Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.)have introduced the TELEmedicine for MEDicare (TELE-MED) Act of 2015 that would permit Medicare providers licensed to practice physically in one state to treat patients electronically across state lines.

The bipartisan legislation is an attempt to address the fact that state licensure laws make it more difficult to practice telemedicine in other states. Under the TELE-MED Act, a Medicare participating physician or practitioner would be able to provide services to a Medicare beneficiary across state lines without being licensed in that patient’s state as long as the provider is licensed or authorized to provide that service in their own state.

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