State Medical Board Proposal Could Affect Telehealth Licensing
March 21, 2014 in News
Next month, the Federation of State Medical Boards is set to vote on a new telemedicine policy that has implications regarding where physicians practicing telemedicine must be licensed, Modern Healthcare reports.
The policy would:
- Codify that medical care takes place where a patient is located, rather than where a provider is located; and
- Ensure the same standards apply for both virtual and face-to-face care.
The policy states, “Physicians who treat or prescribe through online service sites … must possess appropriate licensure in all jurisdictions where patients receive care.”
According to Modern Healthcare, the policy could be a barrier to telehealth because of the time it takes for physicians to obtain multiple state licenses.
Bart Demaerschalk, a professor of neurology and director of telestroke and teleneurology at the Mayo Clinic, instead recommended that the board:
- Develop a national or multi-state license for telemedicine; or
- Change the policy’s requirement that medicine is practiced in a patient’s location.
The proposed policy will be voted on at the FSMB’s annual meeting in April (Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare, 3/20).