From mHealth Intelligence
Arizona legislators have enacted a new law that expands telehealth and telemedicine in the state and improves insurance coverage.
Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1089 into law last Friday, following unanimous senate approval in March and near-unanimous House approval earlier this month. The new law, which goes into effect in 2021, adds asynchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth and remote patient monitoring to the state’s connected care guidelines and boosts payer coverage for those services.
The legislation aims to clear up a challenging telemedicine landscape in Arizona, where access to a primary care provider isn’t easy. A recent report from the University of Arizona Center for Rural Health indicates only about 42 percent of a resident’s primary care needs are met by a PCP, and while the state is experiencing the fourth highest growth rate in the nation, it ranks near the bottom in per capita PCP access, with about 80 per every 100,000 residents (the US average is about 92).