Louisiana Telemedicine Policy, Simplified.

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Louisiana Telemedicine Policy

updated October 2019

Louisiana Telemedicine Policy

Louisiana is on the road to better telemedicine access with the passage of the Louisiana Telehealth Access Act in 2014. The state of Louisiana definitely recognizes how telemedicine is able to provide healthcare services to more patients at a lower cost. Read on for our comprehensive guide to Louisiana state telehealth policy! 

State Policy Overview

Private Payers

Additional state telemedicine information

  • Parity Laws

    Louisiana passed their first private payer parity law in 1995, requiring private payers to cover telemedicine in the same way as in-person medical services. However, the law currently only requires coverage for telehealth services provided by physicians.

  • Medicaid

    Louisiana Medicaid covers “services provided via an interactive audio and video telecommunications system.” This definition of telehealth includes live video telemedicine and remote patient monitoring, but not store-and-forward solutions. Louisiana medicaid reimbursements only cover distant site healthcare providers, not providers who may be facilitating the visit at the originating site where the patient is.

  • Type of Telemedicine Covered

    Louisiana Medicaid currently covers live video telemedicine and some costs associated with remote patient monitoring. There’s no coverage yet for store-and-forward telemedicine.

  • Covered Health Services

    Louisiana’s Medicaid program covers telehealth used to substitute for an in-person encounter in the case of consultations, office visits, individual psychotherapy, and pharmacologic management. For more details, check out the Louisiana State Medicaid Provider Manual

  • Eligible Healthcare Providers

    Licensed physicians in Louisiana are eligible to bill Medicaid for telemedicine services.

  • Online Prescriptions

    The state of Louisiana prohibits providers from prescribing controlled, dangerous substances to patients without first doing a physical exam or taking an in-person patient history. Physicians must be certified by one of the boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties before they can write a prescription for narcotics or amphetamines.

  • Informed Patient Consent

    Some states require providers to get a patient’s informed consent specifically for a telemedicine visit. In Louisiana, informed patient consent is required to do a telemedicine visit.You can read more about how to do telemedicine informed consent here.

  • Cross-State Telemedicine Licensing

    Louisiana is not yet part of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. However, Louisiana allows out-of-state doctors to apply for a telemedicine license to provide virtual services within the state.

  • Restrictions on Locations

    Some states have requirements on the location of the patient at the time of the telehealth visit (such as in a Rural Health Clinic). Luckily Louisiana does not have any restrictions on patient location.

  • Helpful Resources

    We used the sites below to gather information for this guide. Check them out for more details on your state’s policy!

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