Telemedicine in Texas

  • NEW Texas Telemedicine Rules

    Texas physicians and lawmakers worked together in 2017 to expand patient access to high-quality care through telemedicine by improving the reimbursement process, and establishing clear-cut policy and regulations. With the passage of a new state law in August 2017, Texas physicians and telehealth providers can operate as they would when seeing patients face-to-face in a traditional visit.

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  • Telemedicine and Digital Health: New Texas Law, Opportunities, and Challenges

    Presented at the Texas Medical Association 2017 Fall Conference, Sept. 16, 2017, as the Philip R. Overton Annual Lectureship in Medicine and the Law.

  • TMA-Supported Bill Clarifies Murkiness Surrounding Telemedicine

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    Over the past several years, static has clouded the screen displaying telemedicine's proper role in health care as musings, arguments, and litigation created a need for real clarity. Now that TMA and other stakeholders put their collective heads together, the picture should clear up significantly. On May 27, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1107, which allows telemedicine practitioners in Texas to know their requirements when they serve patients via telephone or other audiovisual means.

    Clearer and Simpler  
  • New Law Shapes the Future of Telemedicine in Texas

    Texas physicians and telehealth providers are now playing by the same rules to treat patients by phone, computer, and other new technologies — the same as when physicians see patients face-to-face in a traditional doctor’s office visit. Senate Bill 1107, passed this session by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in late May, clarifies the framework to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely via telecommunication technology.

    Patients Will Have More Access to Physicians  

  • Citing Telemedicine Law, FTC Drops TMB Antitrust Probe 

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    Following the passage of TMA-supported legislation governing telemedicine in Texas, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has closed an investigation into whether the Texas Medical Board (TMB) violated antitrust law, FTC said in a release.

    What Led to the Investigation?  
  • TMA Testifies On Telemedicine

    Telemedicine Bill Would Uphold Good Patient-Physician Relationship
    Testimony by Thomas Kim, MD, MPH
    House Bill 2697, March 28, 2017

    Telemedicine Care Under Bill Would Match In-Person Medical Care Standards
    Testimony Presented by Ray Callas, MD
     Senate Bill 1107, March 8, 2017

    Improve Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues; Telemedicine Can Help
    Interim Testimony Presented by Thomas J. Kim, MD, MPH
    House Select Committee on Mental Health
    April 27, 2016

    Telehealth: A Skill to be Mastered and a System to Be Optimized
    Testimony by Thomas J. Kim, MD, MPH
    House Committee on Public Health
    Feb. 10, 2016

  • Three Things You Need to Know About Texas’ Telemedicine Law

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    Texas’ new telemedicine law and applicable rules have created new opportunities for physicians to care for patients outside the traditional office visit. Here are answers to three basic questions you might have. (Remember: When treating Medicare patients via telemedicine, follow Medicare rules.)

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  • Updates on Teledoc v. Texas Medical Board

  • Telemedicine Policy