The Washington Telemedicine Law requires telemedicine training for most healthcare licensees starting January 1, 2021. Washington state legislators have taken a landmark step toward making telemedicine law (and general telehealth law) more clearly defined and understandable to healthcare practitioners throughout their state. To our knowledge, Washington’s action regarding practitioner training is the largest to date, involving more types of healthcare professionals than any other state.
For you history buffs, Georgia’s Composite Board for social workers, counselors, and MFTs was the first regulatory board to require professional training of their licensees (2015), mandating 6 hours of training for all practitioners, along with an extra 3 hours for all supervisors who practice telemental health in any form. The Texas MFT board required a similar law mandating 15 hours of telehealth training in 2017.
Washington however, has passed a more comprehensive state-wide telemedecine law, mandating training for health care professionals practicing telemedicine (or telehealth or teletherapy) that meets the criteria below. Two groups of physicians are exempted from this training requirement. Details and links below are excerpted from the Washington State Legislature website and pasted below for your convenience.
Where Else to Get Quality Telemedicine Training
- The Washington state requirements are met by TBHI’s Introduction to Telehealth Theory & Practice digital training, available 24/7 at 50% off for the TBHI Holiday sale. Use this coupon code in the shopping cart for any training at TBHI through December 31, 2020: “Holiday50”.
- Other specialty telehealth training topics are available in the TBHI Training Catalog.
- Consultation is available in four formats to help with program development.
- Training discounts and consultation packages are available for groups seeking to get started on the right foot with legal, ethical, and documentation compliance, and much more.
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