In what appears to be a unique new regulatory requirement among states for telemedicine business, on September 20, 2016, the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development issued a notice of its intent to adopt new regulations regarding special business registry requirements for health care providers delivering telehealth services in the state. Once finalized, the new regulations will establish initial registration, application, and renewal requirements, fees, and other miscellaneous provisions. Importantly, the new regulations require a telemedicine business to register with the Department at least 60 days before delivering telemedicine services in the state. The regulations implement provisions of Alaska SB 74, signed into law on July 11, 2016, and discussed in our previous Update. The bill enables out-of-state telemedicine providers licensed in Alaska to treat Alaska residents without first establishing an in-person relationship, subject to practice standards the legislation directs the Alaska State Medical Board to establish consistent with national norms. Comments on the proposed regulations closed on October 24, 2016.
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