Telehealth Advisory Committee
The Telehealth Advisory Committee began meeting in July 2021 in accordance with HB2454. The committee is tasked with identifying best practices for telehealth.
- Requires the Advisory Committee to review national and other standards for telehealth best practices and relevant peer-reviewed literature.
- Allows the Advisory Committee to conduct public meetings at which testimony may be taken regarding the efficacy of various communications media and the types of services and populations for which telehealth is appropriate.
- Requires the Advisory Committee to adopt telehealth best practices guidelines and recommendations regarding the health care services that may be appropriately provided through an audio-only telehealth format and make updates, when applicable.
- Requires the Advisory Committee, before making its recommendations, to:
- Analyze medical literature and national practice guidelines;
- Consider the comparative effectiveness, safety and benefit to the patient of performing a service through an audio-only telehealth format instead of in person or through an audio-visual format; and
- Consider the appropriate frequency and duration of audio-only telehealth encounters.
- Allows the Advisory Committee to authorize subcommittees to address select issues or services and report to the Advisory Committee as directed.
- Requires the Advisory Committee to submit a report to the Governor, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by:
- December 1, 2021, with recommendations regarding the specific health care services that are appropriate to provide through an audio-only telehealth format as a substitute for an in-person or audio-visual telehealth encounter; and
- June 30, 2022, with recommendations regarding telehealth best practice guidelines for health care providers.
- Requires AHCCCS to staff the Advisory Committee and provide meeting space.
- Requires, from October 1, 2021 until January 1, 2026, each health care provider regulatory board or agency to submit to the Advisory Committee a report identifying the number and type of out-of-state health care providers who have applied for interstate telehealth registration and the number and type of out-of-state health care providers who registration has been approved.
- Terminates the Advisory Committee on July 1, 2029.
Telehealth Advisory Committee Members
The committee shall include various appointed members in accordance with HB2454.
The 4 remaining unfilled positions are:
- Naturopathic Physician
- Licensed Healthcare Professional Specializing in Treating Industrial Injuries
- Licensed Healthcare Professional Specializing in Treating Those With Developmental Disabilities
If you are interested in serving on the Telehealth Advisory Committee, please contact Lauren Prole at 602-417-4528 or by email at Lauren.Prole@azahcccs.gov.
The Telehealth Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and public comments can be sent to Lauren.Prole@azahcccs.gov. For the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, all meetings will be held via webinar/telephone. Presentations and/or meetings materials are available in PDF format and posted by the meeting date below.
- August 26, 2021 3:00 – 5:00pm
- September 30, 2021 3:00 - 4:00pm
- August 25, 2021 3:00 – 5:00pm
- September 30, 2021 4:00 - 5:00pm
- June 1, 2022 4:00 - 5:00pm
- March 24, 2022 4:00 - 5:00pm
- February 24, 2022 12:00 - 1:00pm
- February 3, 2022
- January 20, 2022 4:00 - 5:00pm
- January 20, 2022 9:00 - 10:00am
- Audio Only - Recommendations Report December 2021
- Audio Only - Recommendations Report Addendum March 2022
- Best Practices Recommendations - June 2022
Recommended Telehealth Best Practice Guidelines
- Best Practices for Healthcare Providers, Telehealth Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients (2022)
- Health Industry CyberSecurity-Securing Telehealth and Telemedicine (2021)
- Telehealth Competencies Across the Learning Continuum (2021)
- The Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine (2022)