ERIC Works with Arkansas State Medical Board to Create Barrier-Free Access to Telehealth

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC – The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments to the Arkansas State Medical Board (ASMB) Telemedicine Advisory Committee. This is the third time ERIC has participated in Arkansas rulemaking process, having submitted comments previously in July and October of 2015.

As the only national trade association advocating solely for the employee benefit and compensation interests of America’s largest employers, ERIC actively participates in the rulemaking process for telehealth at the state-level nationwide to promote barrier-free and technology neutral telemedicine policies.

“A technology-neutral definition of telemedicine allows for flexibility as technology advances and creates new opportunities for care. It is important that providers be allowed to use an array of platforms to interact with patients to reach the broadest number of patients, especially those in rural and underserved areas,” said Annette Guarisco Fildes, president and CEO, ERIC.

While ERIC urges the ASMB to adopt technology neutral requirements, ERIC is pleased that the current proposal includes ERIC’s request to allow the patient-provider relationship to be established using telemedicine.

To read ERIC’s letter in its entirety, click here.

You can learn more about ERIC’s telehealth initiative here.


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