The Texas legislature approved SB 1107, which removes existing clinical practice barriers for licensed telemedicine providers. The Governor is expected to sign the legislation. The bill does the following:
- Amends the definition of “telemedicine and “telehealth”
- Removes requirements for a telepresenter
- Authorizes the medical, nursing, and pharmacy boards to develop regulations enforcing the statute
- Allows an initial practitioner–patient relationship to be established via telemedicine if provided via:
- a synchronous audiovisual interaction;
- an asynchronous encounter utilizing store-and-forward technology where the practitioner has access to clinically relevant images or a medical history; and
- any other form of audiovisual telecommunication technology enabling the practitioner to comply with the applicable standard of care.
- Requires insurers to display their policies and payment practices for telemedicine on their websites
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