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Behavioral Health Providers

*proposed update* All medical licensing/certifying boards must amend or adopt rules to allow health professionals under their purview to provide telehealth services via audio-only communication.

*proposed update* Several professional boards have proposed updated standards for tele-practice, including the Board of Psychology.

TELEMEDICINE DEFINITION: The delivery of health care services through the use of interactive audio and video. Telehealth does not include the delivery of health care services through an audio-only telephone, email, or fax.

DEFINITION OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS: Defined in 514C.34 (Health care services delivered by telehealth - coverage) as “a physician or other health care practitioner licensed, accredited, registered, or certified to perform specified health care services consistent with state law.”

  • Delivery of telehealth services: “Health care services that are delivered by telehealth must be appropriate and delivered in accordance with applicable law and generally accepted health care practices and standards prevailing at the time the health care services are provided, including all rules adopted by then appropriate professional licensing board.”

Iowa Behavioral Health Professional Licensure Compacts

Legislation pending for the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT)

EXPIRED June 30: Temporary COVID-19 Policies (IA Behavioral Health Providers)

Mental health counselors, marital and family therapists, and social workers licensed in other states can provide telehealth services to Iowans without obtaining an Iowa license