10.17.2019

Eliminating Barriers to Virtual Care: Implementing Portable Medical Licensure

In this commentary, the authors argue for moving away from state-based medical licensure and describe policy, technological, and administrative changes necessary for implementing portable medical licensure.

Standards for Using and Regulating Telemedicine Services

Each state currently defines the “practice of medicine” differently, making it difficult to discern what constitutes an acceptable telemedicine consultation in any given state. Standards of practice, conduct, and behavior during telemedicine consultations—including requirements related to physician credentialing, patient education, and physician supervision of other healthcare professionals—vary widely among states.3 Thus, the shift to mutual recognition must be accompanied by efforts to establish consistent standards for using and regulating telemedicine services. These standards should be defined at the federal level.

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