Licensing can be a problem for telehealth programs. Most states require physicians to be licensed to practice in the originating site's state, and some states require providers using telehealth technology across state lines to have a valid state license in the state where the patient is located.1 Therefore, with limited exceptions, telehealth consultations with a physician across state lines require licensing paperwork.2 If you electronically interact with patients in other states or prescribe medication across state lines, you should establish licensure in those other states.
Learn more about state licensure and telehealth with these resources:
- The Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) are funded to serve provides in rural and underserved communities. The TRCs website answers several frequently asked questions about Licensure and Scope of Practice and Credentialing and Licensing.
- To help physicians navigate the process of obtaining a medical license, the American Medical Association provides up-to-date information on licensure requirements across all states and jurisdictions.
- The National Council of State Boards of Nursing provides licensure information as well as information about state boards of nursing.
- The American Telemedicine Association’s State Telemedicine Policy Center compiles state-specific information about telemedicine policy.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “Telemedicine.”
- Health Resources and Services Administration. “Are there licensing issues related to telehealth?”