TN Medical Board looks to reshape telemedicine use
The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners has issued a notice of rulemaking hearing (0880-02) regarding how and when physicians in Tennessee utilize telemedicine technology. A hearing has been set for May. As telemedicine continues to permeate mainstream healthcare, a well-defined set of guidelines will be needed to ensure each “telemedicine transaction” between patient and physician is conducted appropriately and is done so with patient safety at the forefront.
“At some point, every state will need to review their existing guidelines and determine if changes are necessary,” said John Jennings, AVP/CTO at Trinity Video Communications. “Telemedicine technology has been around for awhile, but is just now becoming affordable. With the subsequent increase in usage, more attention will be paid to the rules governing it.”
The Board’s proposal outlines the following changes:
- Requires a face-to-face examination before a telemedicine encounter if there is no existing relationship
- Requires a health care provider to be present with the patient during a telemedicine encounter
- Creates the exemptions for the following providers:
- Provider-to-provider consultations
- US Military physicians
- Informal practice of medicine between physicians in the form of uncompensated professional dialogue
- Physicians providing remote medical interpretation of images or tissue samples
- Physicians with established relationships with their patients are exempt from these requirements, but must meet with their patients in-person annually or every 4th encounter
- Removes an exemption for physicians who practice medicine across state lines in an emergency
- Creates a definition for “electronically-mediated practice of medicine or telemedicine”
- Cease issuing “telemedicine licenses” to out-of-state providers and require all physicians to be fully licensed in TN. Allows a fully-licensed TN physician to prescribe controlled substances, with the exception of Schedule II substances, to patient in the absence of a physical examination under the following circumstances:
- Continued medications for patients with an established relationship
- Admission orders for newly hospitalized patient
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