From mHealth Intelligence

Arizona lawmakers are moving forward with proposed legislation that would expand coverage for telemedicine and add more healthcare services, including asynchronous telehealth and remote patient monitoring.

The state Senate and House Health and Human Services committees recently held a special joint meeting to discuss how connected care technologies can expand access to care and improve outcomes in the state.

The impetus for the meeting is SB 1089, which was introduced last month and unanimously passed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee this week. Among other things, the bill redefines telemedicine to include asynchronous and remote patient monitoring platforms as well as other healthcare services, rather than just limiting the uses to certain specialties. It also prevents payers from restricting virtual care coverage based on the type of service offered or a patient’s location in an urban or rural area.

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