E-Health Advisory Committee: Telemedicine and Telehealth Legislative Update

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Linkedin

Telemedicine and telehealth legislative update: HHSC is tracking and monitoring the following bills.

  • HB 870/SB 670 would make changes to Medicaid telemedicine and telehealth benefits.
  • HB 871 is a DSHS bill and would allow use of telemedicine in trauma level of care situations.
  • HB 1738 deals with telemonitoring and telehealth reimbursement under Medicaid and repeals the Sunset provision now in statute.
  • HB 1756/SB792 defines teledentistry as a required Medicaid and CHIP benefit.
  • HB 1782 charges HHSC in partnership with associations to develop a telemedicine and telehealth action plan with short- and long-term recommendations.
  • SB 749 prevents telemedicine and telehealth from being excluded from use in rural hospitals with neonatal level designations 1-3. This is a DSHS bill.
  • SB 1265 makes changes to the Texas Insurance Code for telemedicine and telehealth.
  • HB 1063 adds conditions for Medicaid reimbursement for telemonitoring and repeals the related Sunset provision.
  • HB 2062 adds conditions for Medicaid reimbursement for telemonitoring, repeals the related Sunset provision and transmission and would require reimbursement if data transmission is unsuccessful if certain requirements are met.
  • There are many bills filed for remote patient monitoring and conversations are occurring regarding alignment on these.
  • SB 10 is the Texas Mental Health Consortium bill which provides access to mental health services. This is an emergency item and moving quickly.
  • HB 10 (not a companion to SB 10) is similar to SB 10 and addresses behavioral health services and access to these services in schools. The bill also defines telepsychiatry.
  • SB 71 would create a statewide telehealth center for sexual assault. Texas does not have enough forensic nurses to treat victims.
  • HB 1706 is a telepharmacy bill that increases access to pharmacy for urban patients. There is another pharmacy bill that addresses distance requirements.
  • There are also a number of technology bills addressing broadband, aging IT infrastructure and cybersecurity bills that will affect telehealth, telemedicine and telemonitoring.



The information contained in this publication is the property of Texas Insight. The views expressed in this publication are, unless otherwise stated, those of the author and not those of Texas Insight or its management.