AMA Establishes Telemedicine Policy, Emphasizes Preexisting Patient-Physician Relationship | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

AMA Establishes Telemedicine Policy, Emphasizes Preexisting Patient-Physician Relationship

June 12, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

The American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted an official policy on telemedicine, saying that it's important for a valid patient-physician relationship to be established before the technology is used in practice.

The AMA, which doled out its telemedicine guidelines in a 10 page report, also stated that physicians should notify that the patient of cost-sharing responsibilities and limitations in drugs that can be prescribed via telemedicine. They also must ensure, AMA says, that there are follow-up care procedures in place and verify that their medical liability insurance plan covers telemedicine.

"We believe that a patient-physician relationship must be established to ensure proper diagnoses and appropriate follow up care," AMA President Robert M. Wah, M.D., said in a statement. "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."

The guidelines from AMA are similar to those from Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) over preexisting patient-physician relationships. It also addresses similar concerns over state licensure laws that have been debated about in Florida. Like the Florida Medical Association (FMA), the AMA says that the practitioners must be licensed where the patient receives services and abide by state licensure laws. Also, it says patients must have access to licensure and board certification qualifications of the practitioner in advance of the telemedicine visit.

Many of the other policies recommended by the AMA are standard care procedures--including following evidence-based guidelines, collecting a medical history of the patient, and proper documentation. They say that telemedicine services must be coordinated with the patient's medical home or existing physician.

Read the source article at American Medical Association



Former Health IT Head in San Diego County Charged with Defrauding Provider out of $800K

The ex-health IT director at North County Health Services, a San Diego County-based healthcare service provider, has been charged with spearheading fraudulent operations that cost the organization $800,000.

Allscripts Touts 1 Billion API Shares in 2017

Officials from Chicago-based health IT vendor Allscripts have attested that the company has reached a new milestone— one billion application programming interface (API) data exchange transactions in 2017.

Dignity Health, CHI Merging to Form New Catholic Health System

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), based in Englewood, Colorado, and San Francisco-based Dignity Health officially announced they are merging and have signed a definitive agreement to combine ministries and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system.

HHS Announces Winning Solutions in Opioid Code-a-Thon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted this week a first-of-its-kind two-day Code-a-Thon to use data and technology to develop new solutions to address the opioid epidemic.

In GAO Report, More Concern over VA VistA Modernization Project

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report is calling into question the more than $1 billion that has been spent to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health IT system.

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Aimed at Improving Medicare ACO Program

U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) have introduced H.R. 4580, the ACO Improvement Act of 2017 that makes changes to the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) program.