Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine Releases New Guidelines Designed To Clear Up Any Confusion With Telemedicine Adherence

Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine Releases New Guidelines Designed To Clear Up Any Confusion With Telemedicine AdherenceIn June of 2014, the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine released their guidelines in regard to telemedicine. While Maine’s approach to telemedicine is flexible and progressive, the original set of guidelines left a bit of gray area. For example, the words “in-person” and “face-to-face” were used interchangeably. While this may not be of consequence in many industries, the difference between the two is substantial in the world of telemedicine.

To clear up the confusion, new guidelines with revised wording have been put in place.

According to The National Law Review, a few of the highlights include:

  • A Maine medical license is required for practicing telemedicine within the state of Maine.
  • An in-person examination is not required prior to telemedicine. That being said, primary care physicians are required to conduct one face-to-face visit with their patients annually.
  • Physicians may provide remote prescriptions without an in-person exam, but they may not participate in Internet prescribing.
  • All medical records must be in compliance with Maine’s medical records standards and confidentiality rules. Telemedicine providers must also ensure their medical records are accessible to local healthcare providers upon request.
  • All physicians who provide telemedicine must have emergency protocols in place that they can turn to when secondary emergency care is required.
  • All patients must provide the appropriate consent before participating in telemedicine. This process is quite detailed, and more onerous in Maine than in most states.

These are just a handful of the highlights from Maine’s new telemedicine guidelines.

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