Telehealth Training Requirement per RCW 43.70.495.
The Department of Health (department) filed an Interpretive Statement with the Office of the Code Reviser on December 16, 2020. The Interpretive Statement clarifies that health care providers (not physician's licensed under chapter 18.71) are required to take telehealth training on or after January 1, 2021.
RCW 43.70.495 was updated by Substitute Senate Bill 6061 (SSB 6061) passed during the 2020 legislative session requiring any health care provider incorporating telehealth services into their practice to take training. This legislation does apply to Physician Assistants licensed by the Washington Medical Commission.
The Washington Telehealth Collaborative at the University of Washington has developed training to meet the new requirements. The collaborative launched the training this week and it is available at this website.
The department, boards, and commissions encourage providers to take the required training as soon as possible and no later than June 30, 2021.