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VA finalizes telehealth rule to let providers practice across state lines

May 11, 2018 / Jessica Davis

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs finalized its federal rule to allow providers to deliver patient care across state lines and outside of a VA facility using telemedicine. Former VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, and President Donald Trump first began to push for telemedicine expansion in August through the Anywhere-to-Anywhere initiative. “We're going to be issuing a regulation that allows our VA providers to provide telehealth services from anywhere in the country to veterans anywhere in the country, whether it's in their homes or any location,” Shulkin said. “We call it ‘anywhere to anywhere’ VA healthcare. That's a big deal.”