Lindauer bill expanding telehealth becomes law

By Herald Staff

Legislation expanding telehealth services for Hoosiers and cutting red tape for health care providers is now law, according to State Rep. Shane Lindauer, R-Jasper.

Lindauer, sponsor of the bill, said when the pandemic began, the governor issued an executive order to allow health care providers to utilize telehealth options when providing medical care to Hoosiers. According to Indiana University Health, their doctors have conducted about 80,000 telemedicine visits this year, which is a 10,000% increase since the pandemic began in March 2020. This bill ensures that the expansion of virtual services remains permanent, so Hoosiers can continue to access health care providers remotely.

"Through the use of telehealth, the health care field saw an increase in patients keeping and attending their appointments," Lindauer said. "Expanding telehealth has removed barriers for Hoosiers, and many have been able to see their providers without having to worry about receiving transportation to the office or taking off work for in-person visits."

According to Lindauer, the legislation incorporates a list of 28 providers that are allowed to use telehealth services, including dentists, physicians, veterinarians, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, nurses and more. The bill ensures the quality of service a patient receives virtually along with the creation and maintenance of their telehealth medical records remains the same as an in-person setting.

"This law provides support for innovative approaches to the health care profession in Indiana," Lindauer said. "Expanding telehealth access is a critical first step to give Hoosiers and their families a safe and convenient opportunity to take care of their medical needs."

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