On September 15, 2017, the Texas Medical Board (Board) released proposed rules regarding telemedicine and mental health services (Proposed Rules) to implement Senate Bill 1107, which was passed on May 11, 2017. Most notably, the Proposed Rules provide that a physician-patient relationship can be established solely by the delivery of care via telemedicine services and eliminates the prior requirement that services for new patients be provided at an established medical site and with a telemedicine presenter. These changes to the Board’s approach create the same standard of care for in-person and telemedicine services.
McDermott previously reported on Senate Bill 1107 and provided relevant background on telemedicine in Texas. The Board is accepting public comments on the Proposed Rules. A public hearing regarding the Proposed Rules will be held at a later date to be determined.
In addition, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) recently adopted final rules regarding the reimbursement of telemedicine in Texas Medicaid (Final Rules) on October 6, 2017. The Final Rules are effective as of December 1, 2017. (more…)