Medical Board Issues Telemedicine GuidanceThursday, September 20, 2012
The State Medical Board of Ohio has received numerous inquiries in recent months concerning the requirement to "personally physically examine and diagnose a patient" prior to prescribing, as set forth in Ohio Administrative Code Rule 4731-11-09.
The inquiries raise questions regarding the ability to use the internet or other forms of telecommunication to complete the physical examination of a patient that is the basis for a diagnosis and follow through on a plan of treatment for the individual patient.
The Medical Board recently issued an interpretive guideline clarifying an existing rule that some thought might limit a physician’s ability to fully utilize telemedicine devices. Click here to read the Medical Board’s interpretive guideline.
Want to continue the discussion on the OSMA Community? Click here to post your thoughts and connect with your peers on the OSMA’s member-only forum.