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AMA Releases Policy on Telemedicine—Last week, the American Medical Association (“AMA”) released a policy on the provision of telemedicine services to patients. While there is no agreed upon definition of telemedicine, generally, telemedicine refers to an encounter between a patient at one site and a physician at another site through the use of audio and visual communication devices, sometimes across state lines. The AMA policy reviews a number of existing telemedicine arrangements and makes recommendations for the practice of telemedicine including: requiring physicians to be licensed in the state where the patients receive the services, requiring at least one face-to-face consultation between a patient and physician in order to establish the relationship, and requiring proper documentation of physician-patient encounters. In announcing the policy, AMA President Dr. Robert M. Wah stated, “This new policy establishes a foundation for physicians to utilize telemedicine to help maintain an ongoing relationship with their patients, and as a means to enhance follow-up care, better coordinate care, and manage chronic conditions.” To read the AMA policy, click here.
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