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Wisconsin Other Providers

*new update as of April 2021* PHE provisions (ending January 1, 2022 or upon ending of the Public Health Emergency): Providers from other states can temporarily practice in Wisconsin. Medical assistance reimbursement rate to be paid during PHEs is set.

*proposed update* Health care providers temporarily credentialed to practice from out of state during the PHE may provide services through telehealth to a patient located in Wisconsin.

*proposed update* Incorporate the definition of telehealth from the Medical Assistance program into statutory chapters pertaining to occupational licensing. Telehealth is defined as the “practice of health care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, or transfer of medically relevant data by means of audio, video, OR data communications that are used either during a patient visit or a consultation or are used to transfer medically relevant data about a patient, including asynchronous, interactive, and remote patient monitoring.” The bill requires the Department of Safety and Professional Services and any attached examining board or affiliated credentialing board to define and use “telehealth” and related terms consistent with this bill in all promulgated rules. See SB309 and AB296.

*proposed update* Occupational Therapists Credentialing Board: Establishing standards of practice and conduct for providing occupational therapy services using telehealth. Making telehealth-related changes (with a public hearing scheduled for June 8, 2021).

*proposed update* Hearing and Speech Examining Board: Defines telehealth; specifies that hearing instrument specialists, speech language pathologist, and audiologists must hold Wisconsin license to treat patients in Wisconsin.