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How to Comply With Telemedicine Requirements

How to Comply With Telemedicine Requirements

Are you licensed in 50 states, 25 states, or how about even 3? If you’re practicing telemedicine outside of New Jersey or in states that you are not licensed, you are practicing medicine without a license.

Telemedicine is the exchange of information via numerous forms of electronic communication from one location to another.  This includes smart phones, two way videos, video conferencing/real-time audio, transmission of still images, on-line advise, remote monitoring (BP, glucose), emails, patient portals, M-Health, and medical call centers (faxing not included).
Tips for meeting telemedicine requirements:

State Laws: Know the laws on practicing telemedicine in your state and in the state where the patient is currently located. The physician must be licensed in his/her own state, as well as the state in which the patient receives services. If not licensed in both states, you are practicing without a license and violating HIPAA Regulations that carry significant penalties. 

Patient Criteria: According to the AMA, a valid patient-physician relationship must be established through a face-face examination if a diagnosis has not been made or through an initial consultation with another provider present who has an established relationship with the patient.  In addition, follow-up services and emergency referrals must be in place and excluded services must be clearly defined. 

Medical Record: A medical record must be created for each patient contact. The record must comply with the state laws where the patient is currently located.

Interested in learning best practices in regulatory compliance? Becoming a Conventus member gives you full access to resources that can help you meet these requirements. 

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