Telepractice Guidance

Telepractice is defined as the provision of professional service over geographical distances by means of modern telecommunications technology. Telepractice is used by many professionals in a growing number of areas including, but not limited to, health care (telehealth). As a general rule, New York State Public Health Law Article 29-G authorizes reimbursement for health care services provided by telehealth means. Public Health Law §2999-cc defines, among other things, the following professions as telehealth providers: physicians, physician assistants, dentists, nurse practitioners, registered professional nurses when such nurse is receiving patient-specific health information or medical data at a distant site by means of remote patient monitoring, podiatrists, optometrists, psychologists, social workers, speech language pathologists, audiologists, midwives, physical therapists and occupational therapists. For more information on the requirements of telehealth, please review New York State Public Health Law Article 29-G

In response to the COVID-19 emergency disaster, Governor Cuomo has issued a number of Executive Orders (EOs), including Executive Order 202.1 which temporarily Suspended and modified Section 2999-cc of the Public Health Law and any regulatory provisions promulgated thereunder by the Department of Health, the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Addiction Services and Supports, and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, to the extent necessary to allow additional telehealth provider categories and modalities, to permit other types of practitioners to deliver services within their scopes of practice and to authorize the use of certain technologies for the delivery of health care services to established patients, pursuant to such limitations as the commissioners of such agencies may determine appropriate.

Additional Telepractice Information and Resources:

General Telepractice Information for all Professions PDF Document

Profession-Specific Telepractice Guidance:

Department of Health:

Department of Financial Services:

Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.hhs.gov/

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet

 

Last Updated: April 10, 2020