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Who lives in Georgia?

Posted: 2021-7-26 14:03
by katymcbride280
Telemedicine in Georgia: Law, Rules, Regulations, and Policies

Georgia law views telemedicine and telehealth as separate, although similar terms. The main differences stem from the purpose of remote doctor-patient communication and the way in which remote medical care is delivered.

Telemedicine — Under Georgia Telehealth Law, Telemedicine is considered the delivery of clinical healthcare services by utilizing two-way audio and video, or other electronic and telecommunication technologies. The law explicitly excludes telephone doctor-patient consultations and facsimile transmission from the definition.

The purpose of telemedicine, as defined by law, is assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, and exchange of medical information. Georgia Telehealth law also forbids the discrimination between urban and rural areas and states that medical professionals — licensed in the state and working within their scope of practice — can offer telemedicine services to patients in Georgia, without face-to-face contact.

There is no reference regarding consent for telemedicine in the Telehealth Law. That said, the strong emphasis on removing the in-person requirement implies that providers can establish a valid doctor-patient via telemedicine.

Telehealth — The 2019 Senate Bill 118 made several amendments to the Georgia Telehealth Law. The Bill introduced the term “telehealth” with the purpose of expanding the utilization of remote healthcare services. The law now recognizes telehealth as the use of information and telecommunication technologies — including phones and remote patient monitoring — to facilitate:

Clinical healthcare
Consultations with medical professionals
Health-related education
Health administration
Although both types of medical services are delivered remotely, the difference is in intent — telemedicine helps providers diagnose and treat patients through live audio-video communication, while telehealth enables other forms of communication that aid in-person clinical care.

https://curogram.com/blog/telemedicine-georgia

Re: Who lives in Georgia?

Posted: 2021-7-27 14:05
by katymcbride280
Georgia Medicaid defines telemedicine as using two-way, real-time video to exchange patient medical information between two sites.

Medicaid’s definition is somewhat misleading, given that it explicitly states telemedicine involves “the exchange of patient information,” yet only through live video. The wording makes Medicaid’s telemedicine definition a bit convoluted, so we’ll simplify it:

Medicaid will only reimburse for live video visits, and will not reimburse for store-and-forward technology, remote patient monitoring, phone, and email consultations.

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Re: Who lives in Georgia?

Posted: 2021-7-30 14:39
by katymcbride280
In 2014, the Georgia Composite Medical Board issued a regulation called Practice Through Electronic or Other Such Means with the purpose of establishing standards of practice the providers will be held to when delivering remote healthcare services.

What’s particularly interesting regarding the Board’s prescribed standards is that the regulation explicitly states that all remote treatment and/or consultation must be done by:

Licensed physicians
Physician assistants
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs)
This severely limited the utilization of telemedicine and telehealth in the state, but it was not long-lived. The SB 115, passed in 2019, corrected this narrow view by stating that any person who delivers remote healthcare services will be subject to regulation by the Board.
https://curogram.com/blog/telemedicine-georgia
Looking at Georgia’s law chronologically, the Telehealth Law of 2005 didn’t provide any reference regarding who can practice telemedicine in the state. In 2014, the Board sought to provide clearly defined standards of practice and, in doing so, provided an extremely narrow list of eligible providers. This hindered the use of telemedicine and telehealth in Georgia, so legislators introduced SB 155 five years later that explicitly states that all medical professionals licensed in Georgia can offer remote health care services to patients in the state.

Re: Who lives in Georgia?

Posted: 2021-8-3 13:00
by katymcbride280
Georgia Medicaid defines telemedicine as using two-way, real-time video to exchange patient medical information between two sites.

Medicaid’s definition is somewhat misleading, given that it explicitly states telemedicine involves “the exchange of patient information,” yet only through live video. The wording makes Medicaid’s telemedicine definition a bit convoluted, so we’ll simplify it:

Medicaid will only reimburse for live video visits, and will not reimburse for store-and-forward technology, remote patient monitoring, phone, and email consultations.

Source: https://curogram.com/blog/telemedicine-georgia