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Telemedicine improving treatment of autistic children, saving money, reducing anxiety

Parents with autistic children face significant challenges. Autistic children often function best with a routine and controlled schedule and environment. When there are significant disruptions to the autistic child’s day, such as an unexpected trip to a doctor, the result can include sudden behavioral problems and strong reactions. In medicine, a prevailing thought and assumption was that in-person doctor visits were the only successful course of examination and treatment of children with varying degrees of autism. Recent studies suggest the use of mobile healthcare options, namely telemedicine, can help doctors, patients and parents work together to facilitate health care services in a least upsetting setting, which is also more cost-effective and less burdensome for patients and parents in rural communities. As studies and reports measure effectiveness of telemedicine, the medical community is likely to embrace and define protocols and procedures to meet patient needs.

Fears, anxieties, sensory issues and meltdowns

Many children on the autism spectrum experience above average fear and anxiety. Some examples of fears and anxieties include, “loud noises, bright lights, windy and stormy weather and the possibility of being hit by falling trees, meteorites or catching diseases on buses. Unfamiliar things and people, strong smells and particular textures could also upset and disorientate children.[i]” Clearly, a trip to the doctor’s office could challenge an autistic child and the trip in itself could make the condition worse. Keeping the child in a controlled and stable environment can alleviate parents’ concerns about a potentially upsetting trip to the doctor by using mobile healthcare technology.

Recent study

University of Iowa researchers studied and reported that short video calls using telemedicine technology can be effective in addressing sudden behavioral problems among autistic children, particularly when the child and parents live in rural areas where a trip to the doctor’s office may involve too much external stimulation leading to fear and anxiety.

The objective of the study was to determine whether telemedicine would be a successful lower cost solution to treat young children with autism and other developmental disabilities, where doctors could train parents to implement applied behavior analysis. The abstract is titled, Telehealth and Autism: Treating Challenging Behavior at Lower Cost. The conclusion of the study was that parents can use procedures to treat autism-related behavior problems in person or by remote video coaching, involving telemedicine technology.

“This coaching is more than having a casual talk with families,” Dr. Scott Lindgren, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa, said in a press release. “It’s setting up a variety of situations in which problem behavior may occur, and helping parents find ways to address problems constructively, and to better understand why that behavior is occurring. For 90 percent of the kids we evaluate, we can find a social reason for what that child is doing.[ii]

Telemedicine, an effective tool for doctors, patients and parents with autism

Using mobile health technologies, telemedicine, to coach parents on the treatment of behavior issues associated with children on the spectrum of autism, doctors can treat their patients and families in a manner that saves time, resources, and the anxiety and fear often experienced by autistic children when traveling to the hospital or doctors office. Especially among rural patients and families, the time, expense and anxiety involved in treating autistic children is more manageable when the doctor uses telemedicine and video coaching. Doctors new to the application of telemedicine to their healthcare practice may seek additional information about protocols and compliance with ethical standards of care as well as any regulations applicable to the inclusion of telemedicine in their practice.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C., works with health care professionals who want to introduce and apply telemedicine technologies to meet the changing needs of patients, while maintaining high ethical standards and protocols of practice.  

Chicago health law and litigation attorney Michael V. Favia and his associates in several locations and disciplines, advise and represent licensed physicians in all types of litigation and administrative matters involving licensing and regulatory agencies.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represents individual physicians and health care organizations in the Chicago area with a variety of legal matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates, please call (773) 631-4850, visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

 

[i] Healthtalk.org, Parents of children on the Autism Spectrum, Fears, anxieties, sensory issues and meltdowns.

[ii] United Press International, Telemedicine effective for parents of autistic children, by Stephen Feller, Apr. 12, 2016.

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Illinois Telemedicine Expansion: Physician payment and reimbursement

 

Telemedicine practices involves a new set of questions and answers insofar as physician payment and reimbursement for telehealth services. The laws that apply to traditional physician payment and reimbursement from insurance companies and U.S. government payers such as Medicare and Medicaid are not necessarily controlling law when it comes to telemedicine services. In some instances there are qualifications and requirements of physicians who use mobile health care in their practices and seek payment and reimbursement.

Telemedicine coverage by private insurance companies and direct-pay alternatives

While the majority of U.S. states passed laws defining telemedicine and the rights and duties with respect to insurance reimbursement. To date, however, there is no new law in Illinois requiring commercial insurance companies to cover charges for telemedicine, as they otherwise would be required to pay in a traditional doctor-patient service at the provider’s location.

Direct pay options may be appealing to some patients with relatively straightforward health care needs. When a doctor visit may only be necessary to refill a prescription, driving long distances and taking the day off from work can be burdensome. Certain patients may find the value in making direct payments to their doctors instead of submitting insurance or Medicare claims. Physicians offering services to patients on direct-payment plans might consider a separate fee schedule for cash-pay clients.

Illinois Medicaid defines telemedicine and telehealth and offers physician reimbursement

Physicians who include telemedicine in their medical practice may submit reimbursement claims with the State of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services oversees the Illinois Medicaid program and they define telemedicine and telehealth services, for purpose of qualifying proper reimbursement claims.

The Illinois Statutes define telemedicine as follows: “”Telemedicine” means the performance of any of the activities…including but not limited to rendering written or oral opinions concerning diagnosis or treatment of a patient in Illinois by a person located outside the State of Illinois as a result of transmission of individual patient data by telephonic, electronic, or other means of communication from within this State.” The Illinois Medicaid program regulations further define telehealth, “as the use of a telecommunication system to provide medical services between places of lesser and greater medical capability and/or expertise, for the purpose of evaluation and treatment.

The Department’s expansion of telehealth services also allows reimbursement and Medicaid coverage for advanced practice nurses, community mental health providers, encounter rate clinics (ERC), federally qualified health clinics (FQHC), hospitals, local education agencies, local health departments, physicians, podiatrists, and rural health clinics (RHC).

The Department defines telehealth policy requirements and restrictions with respect to the details of services, the originating site and the distant service sites. Encounter clinics are specifically addressed and as well the Expansion of Health Services announcement also provides examples of telehealth billing statements.

Michael V. Favia and Associates work with Illinois health care providers who practice telemedicine and offer telehealth services.

Chicago health law and litigation attorney Michael V. Favia and his associates in several locations and disciplines, advise and represent licensed physicians in all types of litigation and administrative matters involving licensing and regulatory agencies.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represents individual physicians and healthcare organizations in the Chicago area with a variety of legal matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discreet meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates, please visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

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Telemedicine: Illinois licensing issues

Telemedicine and new telehealth options are available to an increasing number of patients. In addition to hospitals and health care organizations, direct health care service providers are adopting telemedicine into their medical practices to serve and an increased number of patients. Telemedicine utilizes mobile apps and software allowing doctors and patients to meet in a virtual setting for certain types of services. In other settings, when meeting with your regular doctor, you might use mobile health care technology to bring in a specialist who would otherwise not be available due to schedules and distances. Routine doctor-patient interactions, such as follow up visits and general maintenance can be conducted using telemedicine, saving time and resources for patients who would otherwise need to drive distances to see their doctor. As more people learn of the benefits of telemedicine, there may be a patient preference to see a doctor who can see them in person or by mobile health care technology. In light of the benefits of telemedicine, there are certain legal issues arising in mobile health care. Practitioners should be aware and mindful of licensing issues.

Licensing issues involved in the practice of Telemedicine

Illinois law speaks of telemedicine within the context of the practice of medicine. Anyone practicing medicine and using telemedicine technologies must be licensed by the State of Illinois, and anyone engaging in the practice of telemedicine without an Illinois-issued medical license may be subject to penalties.[i] The general rule is that only an Illinois-licensed doctor may offer services, using telemedicine, to a patient located in Illinois. There are some exceptions to licensing rules, as it applies to patients located outside the State of Illinois.[ii]

Telemedicine does not include the following:

  1. periodic consultations between a person licensed under this Act and a person outside the State of Illinois;
  2. a second opinion provided to a person licensed under this Act; and
  3. diagnosis or treatment services provided to a patient in Illinois following care or treatment originally provided to the patient in the state in which the provider is licensed to practice medicine.

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact[iii] was adopted into Illinois law on July 20, 2015. The Compact allows physicians to become licensed in multiple participating member states. The state where the medical practice takes place is the state where the patient is located at the time of the first physician-patient encounter, and the physician is subject to the jurisdiction of the state medical board in that state. Where a physician may become licensed in several Compact states, an unfortunate event, such as a medical malpractice lawsuit and settlement could lead to more problems for a physician, making telemedicine a potential benefit and burden.

Pitfalls of multistate licensing and practice

In the event of a malpractice settlement, the insurance provider presents the case disposition information to the National Practitioner Data Bank, the clearinghouse for state medical practice information designed to protect the public from unfit doctors moving from state to state to avoid a negative practice history. If a doctor licensed in Illinois, is also licensed in other Compact states, all the state medical licensing boards may be notified of a malpractice settlement. While Illinois may not take disciplinary action against a doctor for settling a malpractice case, there is no telling what the boards in other Compact states may decide with respect to licensure in their state. If one of the states disciplines the physician, more states may get involved and investigate for purposes of discipline.

While there are plenty of patients for doctors to serve in outlying areas in Illinois, there is an increasing interest in telemedicine among individual providers who can better reach their practice goals through mobile health care technologies. Whether staying within the Illinois boarder or practicing across state lines, there are licensing considerations that may present burdens along with the benefits of telemedicine.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C., works with physicians interested in bringing telemedicine into their practice, and advises doctors and organizations about licensing as it intersects with mobile health care.

Chicago health law and litigation attorney Michael V. Favia and his associates in several locations and disciplines, advise and represent licensed physicians in all types of litigation and administrative matters involving licensing and regulatory agencies.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represents individual physicians and health care organizations in the Chicago area with a variety of legal matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates, please visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

[i] 225 ILCS 60/49.5(b)

[ii] 225 ILCS 60/49.5(c)(1)-(3)

[iii] House Bill 3680 Enrolled, Public Act 099.0076

State licensing issues affecting telemedicine practice among several states

Before engaging in telemedicine, it is important to seek advice and counsel to avoid unauthorized practice of medicine liability.

Before engaging in telemedicine, it is important to seek advice and counsel to avoid unauthorized practice of medicine liability.

Historically, state licensing boards and organizations require health care professionals to become independently licensed by each state in which they chose to practice medicine.[i] Surely, there are metropolitan areas in our nation where several states make up a metropolitan area, particularly on the East Coast. The Chicago metropolitan area spans across state lines to include residents of Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana, and notably, Michigan is not too far from the Chicago area and many people keep weekend lake homes there. Consider an oncologist who manages care and treatment of cancer patients, who has a lake house in New Buffalo, Michigan and a practice based in Chicago. What happens when telemedicine allows the doctor to use technology to monitor Chicago patients from his lake house in Michigan?

As technology and telemedicine offer health care professionals new options, there are new questions arising in professional licensing among the states.

Telemedicine is the use of mobile technology to perform certain routine health care services. Common applications of telemedicine include a physician with rural patients who require services that could be performed through the use of mobile technology, saving the patients the time and expense of travel to the doctor’s main office. Telemedicine also reduces the use of the office space and staff when patients are seeing the doctor from home.

Latoya Thomas, director of the State Policy Resource Center for the American Telemedicine Association commented in a recent article about the increased frequency in which states and organizations are addressing the concerns raised about the practice of telemedicine and developing appropriate laws and policies. Thomas stated, “It is something I think hospitals across the country are becoming familiar with if they haven’t already,” Thomas says, “and trying to figure out how they can comply with current standards but also prepare themselves for any new policies that might come down the pike in 2016.”

There are some “safe harbor” rules for telemedicine and states adopting policies and procedures for mobile healthcare practice.

In another scenario, an out of state patient who sees a physician in Illinois, for example, can conduct a surgical follow-up visit online; Indiana, Illinois and Ohio permit online physician follow-up with established patients[ii]. Another instance of allowed interstate telemedical practice not requiring the physician be licensed in the outlying state is the safe harbor rule of infrequent patient treatment. Minnesota has a telemedicine statute stating, “An out-of-state physician who holds a valid license to practice medicine in another state need not possess a Minnesota license-nor even register with the Minnesota Board-if she provides telemedicine services on an “irregular or infrequent basis,” which is defined as less than once per month or to fewer than ten patients annually.[iii]

There is not a uniform law directing the standard of interstate telemedical practice yet. There are Telemedicine Practice Guidelines, however, offered by the American Telemedicine Association. Some states do allow physicians in neighboring or other states to practice medicine in their state without being independently licensed, but where the out of state physician practices with the same standard of care required in the individual state.

Before engaging in telemedicine, it is important to seek advice and counsel to avoid unauthorized practice of medicine liability.

Michael V. Favia and his associates and colleagues in health care law and litigation actively follow updates in mobile health care technology and the delivery of health care services. Favia works with clients not only with matters involving the practice of medicine directly, but also with the state licensing and regulation of health care professionals. When considering telemedicine, it is important to consult with the malpractice insurance provider and find out what policies control the location of the delivery of health care services.

Michael V. Favia & Associates are available to assist nurses and healthcare professionals with professional licensing matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates’ professional licensing work, please visit www.IL-Licensing.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter.

[i] Healthcare Dive, State licensure issues challenging telemedicine borders, by Heather Caspi, Oct. 29, 2015

[ii] The National Law Review, The Out-of-State Practice of Telemedicine: Licensure Challenges and Opportunities, Oct. 21, 2015

[iii] See HNi above

Illinois adopts multi-state licensing compact, streamlines procedures, benefits telemedicine practice

“The Compact represents a national solution built upon, and reinforcing, a system of state-based regulation proven to protect patients and ensure the safe delivery of health care. ”

“The Compact represents a national solution built upon, and reinforcing, a system of state-based regulation proven to protect patients and ensure the safe delivery of health care.”

Becoming licensed to practice healthcare in multiple Midwestern states just became much easier as Gov. Bruce Rauner approved the cross-state licensure compact for telemedicine. Illinois is the 11th state to adopt The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (“Compact”)[i]. “The Compact represents a national solution built upon, and reinforcing, a system of state-based regulation proven to protect patients and ensure the safe delivery of health care.[ii]

Whether the impetus is living and working near state borders or practicing telemedicine, the Compact opens the door to more opportunities.

In certain areas of the country, like the Chicago area, it is common for healthcare professionals to live in one state and work in another. With the increase in popularity and acceptance, mobile healthcare, also known as telemedicine, there are many opportunities to grow a practice and serve more patients with the new technology making miles of roads and borders irrelevant to healthcare choices. The Compact not only opens the door to telemedicine practice within the Compact states, full medical practice rights are conferred upon qualifying doctors who participate and pay administrative fees.

The traditional path to multi-state licensure is time consuming and may be more of a burden than a benefit to healthcare professionals who want to practice in states other than their home state. Within the states adopting the Compact, a healthcare professional must meet nine eligibility requirements and pay the administrative fee, approximately $260, for each state within which cross-state licensure is sought. Since the criteria are pre-established, the entire process is streamlined under the Compact.

Compact eligibility requirements[iii]:

  • Possess a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a Compact state
  • Possess specialty certification or be in possession of a time unlimited specialty certificate
  • Have no discipline on any state medical license
  • Have no discipline related to controlled substances
  • Not be under investigation by any licensing or law enforcement agency
  • Have passed the USMLE or COMLEX within 3 attempts
  • Have successfully completed a graduate medical education (GME) program
  • Physicians who are ineligible for the expedited licensure process facilitated by the Compact would still be able to seek additional licenses in those states where they desire to practice, using traditional licensure processes.

Watch a video: Federation of State Medical Boards Roundtable Webinar, “Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Update”

Many of the Midwestern and interior states have either adopted or are in the legislative process of adopting the Compact. Illinois neighbors in Iowa have adopted the Compact, it is pending in Wisconsin. Indiana has yet to move forward. Healthcare administration professionals suggest more states will sign on to the Compact and adopt it into state law within the next 12 to 18 months.

Michael V. Favia & Associates are available to assist nurses and healthcare professionals with professional licensing matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates’ professional licensing work, please visit www.IL-Licensing.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter.

[i] Illinois General Assembly, HB 3680 Interstate Medical Licensure.

[ii] The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact website with interactive map of legislative status.

[iii] The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions.

Telemedicine pitfalls to avoid at the state and federal levels

Mobile Health Technologies and Devices  and Implications for Doctors.

Mobile Health Technologies and Devices and Implications for Doctors.

Mobile healthcare technology allows doctors and patients to connect in a virtual patient waiting room. Telemedicine, as many call it, has benefits as well as burdens on everyone involved. There are several state and federal regulatory operations, laws and policies overseeing the use of mobile health technologies. Not only users, but also providers of mobile healthcare technologies should be aware of laws and regulations to make sure they deliver healthcare services consistent with laws and policies.

When healthcare services regulations are not satisfied, the agencies charged with enforcement can get involved. Here in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (“IDFPR”) and the Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board can be involved in the investigation of complaints, which can lead to the suspension or revocation of a healthcare provider’s license to practice. Other agencies can get involved in a process leading to financial penalties and media coverage of negative occurrences.

Telemedicine practice can be within the oversight of the FDA, HIPAA, FTC, and the IDFPR.

FDA regulations protect patients from harm from mobile medical devices and applications. On February 9, 2015 the FDA published, Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff, defining types of medical devices, mobile apps, mobile medical apps and examples of how the FDA enforces its regulations. The FDA aims to guide and make nonbinding recommendations, not imposing legally enforceable responsibilities, in the above-linked document.

HIPAA rules, enforced through the Department of Health and Human Services (and state level laws), such as the Breach Notification Rule, Security Rule and the Privacy Rule affect mobile health industries. Applying these rules to telemedicine scenarios requires encryption methods, for example, to prevent rule violations, related fines, and negative public attention. Privacy and security concerns are addressed in the Department of Health and Human Services in, Your Mobile Device and Health Information Privacy and Security. A lost mobile device is the first item on the list of risks.

FTC protections keep consumers aware of fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices. In telemedicine the FTC rules most often apply to consumer information disclosures contrary to stated policies and regulations. The fines for violating FTC rules may be significant and a breach of duties could upset other users of mobile healthcare apps if their information is inappropriately transmitted to third parties. The FTC document, Complying with the FTC’s Health Breach Notification Rule, explains how the rule requires a notification be sent to groups of users in the event of a security breach.

IDFPR and similar professional licensing agencies are concerned with healthcare professionals practicing medicine and treating patients outside territorial jurisdictions. A doctor in Illinois practicing medicine in giving service to a patient in Indiana involves licensing regulations in both states. A National Practitioner Data Bank, used among the states, identifies licensee discipline and reports of medical malpractice decisions and settlements in one state that could flag other states to make independent license inquiries.

Michael V. Favia & Associates are available to assist with analysis and advice on difficult mobile healthcare practice matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates’ professional licensing work, please visit www.IL-Licensing.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter.

Telemedicine Guidelines Adopted by the Federation of State Medical Boards

Chicago health lawyer, Michael V. Favia recently reviewed the model policy and stated, “Physicians and health lawyers should become familiar with these rules."

Chicago health lawyer, Michael V. Favia recently reviewed the model policy and stated, “Physicians and health lawyers should become familiar with these rules.”
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Imagine you have a cold or sore throat, something minor but you know you need to see a doctor to get the prescription you want to get better. Sometimes it is too difficult and our schedules are so demanding that it makes more sense to handle routine medical appointments using technology instead of driving to the doctor’s office or hospital. Imagine how much productivity time at work is lost due to employees being out of work seeking medical attention. There is a new technology in town, at a hospital or doctor’s office near you and it is called telemedicine.

Mayo Clinic is one of the hospitals taking advantage of telemedicine and technology to treat patients all over who seek the advice of a specialist at watch this video and see a demonstration of how it all works at Mayo when they use telemedicine.

Telemedicine is defined by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) as “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status.” Telemedicine may include services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology.[1]

Insurance companies, employers, hospital administrations all like the idea of telemedicine because the doctors can see more patients and there is a decreased burden on staff and hospital administration. Watch this interesting video demonstrating how telemedicine works. By going online and making an appointment with a doctor, the patient will be connected with their doctor or a license Doctor in their state. As you can imagine there are several concerns about law and policy regarding telecommunications and the practice of medicine when not conducted live and in person. The Federation of state medical boards House of Delegates recently adopted a model policy for the appropriate use of telemedicine technology, the “FSMB Telemedicine Policy.” A FSMB press release states that telemedicine, “provides much needed guidance and a basic roadmap that state boards can use to ensure that patients are protected from harm in a fast-changing health care delivery environment.”

Read the Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine. Chicago health lawyer, Michael V. Favia recently reviewed the model policy and stated, “Physicians and health lawyers should become familiar with these rules.[2]

Here is a summary as published in the recent article in the JD Supra Business Advisor,[3] “The FSMB Telemedicine Policy includes the following guidelines for the “appropriate use of telemedicine technologies in a medical practice:”

  • physician must be licensed or under the jurisdiction of the medical board of the state where the patient is located;
  • physician must take appropriate steps to establish a physician-patient relationship;
  • there must be a documented medical evaluation before providing treatment to the patient;
  • patient must provide informed consent for the use of telemedicine technologies;
  • patient should have the ability to seek, “with relative ease,” follow-up care from the physician who provided care through telemedicine;
  • physician must have an emergency plan in place if referral to an acute care facility or emergency room is appropriate for the patient;
  • patient’s medical records should be accessible and documented for the physician and patient in accordance with all requirements for medical records;
  • physician should “meet or exceed” federal and state privacy requirements, including HIPAA;
  • online services used by a physician should make specific disclosures including fee arrangements and physician contact information; and
  • steps need to be taken to ensure the prescribing physician upholds patient safety in the absence of an in-person examination, including confirming the identity of the patient.”

If you have any questions about the model policy and how health lawyers and physicians can take the proper steps to learn and integrate the policy into their practice you may contact Michael V. Favia for more information by calling (773) 631-4580.

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[1] JD Supra Business Advisor, State Medical Board Association Adopts Telemedicine Guidelines. By Bruce D. Armon and Karilynn Baus, May 9, 2014.

[2] Michael V. Favia is the principal of The Law Firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates in Chicago.

[3] See FN 1 above.