California Extends Pandemic Telehealth Provider Protections

Sept. 28, 2021, 3:23 PM

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that allows medical providers to continue practicing telehealth through the end of the pandemic state of emergency without risking security and privacy penalties.

The decision extends an April 3, 2020, executive order to facilitate and expand telehealth services during the pandemic. Persistent Covid-19 case rates in some parts of the state and a fast-approaching flu season are likely to strain the availability of in-person health care services, according to Newsom’s (D) Monday order. The 2020 order was set to expire on Sept. 30.

Last year’s order suspended requirements that a provider obtain ...

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