Murphy: Texas Lags Behind the Country in Telemedicine

At a recent House Public Health hearing at the State Capitol, an official with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission testified that more Texans on Medicaid are using telemedicine services for mental health than anything else. The top billing codes all relate to telepsychiatry. These include pharmacological management, psychiatric diagnostic interview and examination, psychotherapy with evaluation and management, and psychiatric diagnostic evaluation.

That’s because the Texas Medical Board has not restricted access to behavioral health services through telemedicine the same way they’ve restricted other services.

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