State Bill # Status Summary
Arkansas HB 1076 3/27/15: Transmitted to Governor. This bill would prohibit the use of telemedicine to administer the abortion pill.  Similar to SB 53.
Arkansas HB 1747 3/20/15: Failed to pass house. This bill would provide for a definition of telemedicine, and professional practice standards for providers delivering services through telemedicine. It would allow a professional relationship between a licensed health care professional and patient to be established through interactive audio or video technology, among other things.  An “emergency clause” is connected to this bill.
Arkansas SB 133 3/26/15: Delivered to Governor. This bill would authorize reimbursement and regulation of services provided through telemedicine, among other things.
Arkansas SB 845 3/17/15: Re-referred to Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor. This bill would provide for a definition of telemedicine, and professional practice standards for providers delivering services through telemedicine. It would allow a professional relationship between a licensed health care professional and patient to be established through interactive audio or video technology, among other things.  An “emergency clause” is connected to this bill.
Arkansas SB 846 3/9/15: Referred to Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor. The purpose of this act is to encourage telemedicine. No other details are currently available.
Tennessee HB 660 2/19/15: Assigned to s/c Insurance and Banking Subcommittee. Amends Tennessee Code relative to telemedicine, clarifying that for a health insurance entity to be required to provide coverage for a telehealth encounter, it must involve a licensed health care provider. Similar to SB 725.
Tennessee HB 699 3/25/15: Recommended for passage if amended. Referred to Calendar and Rules Committee. This bill clarifies certain standards related to a telehealth encounter, including consent, a provider-patient relations, licensing, and the definition of telehealth.
Tennessee HB 976 3/24/15: Failed in s/c Health Subcommittee. This bill defines teledentistry and allows initial and subsequent examinations by dentists to be accomplished by means of teledentistry.
Tennessee SB 1214 3/27/15: Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Health and Welfare Committee. This bill defines teledentistry and allows initial and subsequent examinations by dentists to be accomplished by means of teledentistry.
Tennessee SB 1223 3/27/15: Placed on Senate Regular Calendar for 4/1/15 This bill relates to Physicians and Surgeons; establishes requirements and protections for healthcare providers that practice telehealth.
Tennessee SB 725 3/4/15: Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Amends Tennessee Code relative to telemedicine, clarifying that for a health insurance entity to be required to provide coverage for a telehealth encounter, it must involve a licensed health care provider. Similar to HB 660.