Legislation introduced in the U.S. House would create a federal definition for telehealth and set principles for states to use as guidance when developing policies that govern telehealth. Based on California law, the bill’s goal is to incentivize states to enact more favorable and uniform telehealth policies.

Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Bill Johnson (R-OH) sponsor H.R. 3750, “The Telehealth Modernization Act.” Both are members of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. The proposed federal definition for telehealth is: “The term ‘telehealth’ means, with respect to health care that a health care professional is authorized to deliver to an individual in person under state law, such health care delivered by such health care professional to such individual not in person, from any location to any other location, and by means of real-time video, secure chat or secure email, or integrated telephony.”

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