April 25, 2014

Telehealth

Previously addressed in House Bill 751 by Representative Travis Cummings (R-Orange Park), House Bill 7113 would permit all licensed health professionals to use telehealth to deliver health care services within their respective areas of specialty. It also would establish eligibility requirements for out-of-state providers and would require them to register with the Florida Department of Health, which would list all out-of-state providers on its Web site. House Bill 7113 will now be sent to the Senate for consideration. Senate Bill 1646 by Senator Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville), and the Senate Health Policy Committee, has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. The Senate bill defines telemedicine providers to include physicians, physician assistants, ARNPs or pharmacists, and requires liability coverage for telemedicine providers along with a requirement for board-approved training and telemedicine standards examination.