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:


  1. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “Telemedicine.”
  2. Health Resources and Services Administration. “Are there licensing issues related to telehealth?”