Nav­i­gat­ing through tele­health li­cens­ing is­sues

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Gen­er­ally, physi­cians over­see­ing care for a pa­tient lo­cated in a par­tic­u­lar state must have a li­cense in that state. Providers must be par­tic­u­larly care­ful when de­liv­er­ing di­rect-to-pa­tient telemedicine, such as med­i­cal vis­its via we­b­cam.

There are state li­cens­ing ex­cep­tions for con­sult­ing ar­range­ments where the physi­cian is not in charge of the pa­tient. “The key part of that is di­rect­ing the care,” said Greg Billings, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Robert J. Wa­ters Cen­ter for Tele­health and eHealth Law in Wash­ing­ton. Most states do al­low physi­cians to make a limited num­ber of con­sul­ta­tions, al­low­ing doc­tors in one hospi­tal to con­fer with their col­leagues li­censed else­where.

An­other work­around is for health sys­tems to en­cour­age their physi­cians to get li­censed in other states where they have hos­pi­tals.

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