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Health Agencies Update
June 26, 2018

Federal Rule Overrides State Telemedicine Restrictions

JAMA. 2018;319(24):2469. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.8166

A new federal rule will allow US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to use telemedicine when caring for veterans across state lines or outside a VA facility.

It had been unclear whether VA clinicians could use telemedicine to provide care to veterans in other states because of licensing restrictions or state-specific telemedicine laws, according to the VA. The VA worked with the White House Office of American Innovation and the Department of Justice on implementing the new rule, which overrides state restrictions and laws.