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FTC warns boards: Don’t require initial in-person consultations for telehealth

In an August 16 staff letter, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission warned the Delaware Board of Dietetics/Nutrition that a proposed regulation of the board, requiring that initial consultations be in person before telehealth services could kick in, could unnecessarily discourage the use of telehealth. The staff letter referred to the in-person requirement as a "rigid restriction."

Earlier in August, the FTC staff made similar comments on a proposed initial in-person evaluation requirement of the Delaware Board of Occupational Therapy Practice, which decided to withdraw the rule.

These staff letters, sent by the FTC's Office of . . .

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