Telemedicine Use in Protecting the Health and Welfare of Citizens: The Texas Medical Association concurs each state's responsibility to protect the health and welfare of its citizens. One mechanism the states employ to safeguard the public's health is regulation of medical practice provided within their borders. TMA supports the position that physicians providing diagnostic and treatment services, through electronic or other means, that are non-episodic and routinely delivered require licensure from the state in which the patient is physically located. This requirement implies that it is the physician, and not the patient, who is being transported across state lines and, as such, provides the states with the opportunity to regulate medical practice, and sanction, when necessary, a provider of substandard care. It allows each state to ensure that medical care delivered by electronic or other means across state lines is provided in accordance with applicable state laws, rules, and regulations governing the provision of medical services in that state (Board of Trustees, p 18, I-95; reaffirmed BOC Rep. 3-A-05; amended BOC Rep. 4-A-15).
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October 07, 2016