The Department of Veterans Affairs hasÂ finalized a rule for VA clinicians to provide medical services to former military personnel with the use of virtual technology.
VA said Friday the Authority of Health Care Providers to Practice TelehealthÂ will override state telehealth laws andÂ licensing restrictions that prevent healthcare providers from delivering care to veterans.
The federal rule is meant to expand veteransâ access to mental healthcare and suicide prevention support virtually.
Robert Wilkie, acting secretrary of the VA, saidÂ that implementing the policy is critical to the department’s âAnywhere to Anywhereâ initiative.
The White House’s Office of American Innovation and the Justice Department collaborates with the VA to implement the rule.
ProvidersÂ can use theÂ VA Video Connect application and other telehealth tools to serve patients nationwide, including those who stay in the veteranâs home.