FINAL BILL REPORT
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C 49 L 19
Synopsis as Enacted
Brief Description: Concerning physician credentialing in telemedicine services.
Sponsors: Senators Becker, Cleveland, Rivers, O'Ban, Short, Bailey, Braun, Wilson, L., Warnick, Zeiger, Van De Wege and Keiser.
Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care
House Committee on Health Care & Wellness
Background: Telemedicine is the use of interactive audio, video, or electronic media for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation, or treatment of a patient at an originating site. Store and forward technology is the use of an asynchronous transmission of a patient's medical information from an originating site to a provider at a distant site.
An originating site for telemedicine includes a hospital, rural health clinic, federally qualified health center, health care provider's office, community mental health center, skilled nursing center, renal dialysis center, or a home. A facility fee may not be charged for telemedicine services offered to a patient in their home.
When granting or renewing privileges or association of any physician providing telemedicine or store and forward services, an originating site hospital may rely on a distant site hospital's decision to grant or renew clinical privileges or association of the physician if the originating site hospital obtains written assurances that:
the distant site hospital is a Medicare participating hospital;
any physician providing telemedicine or store and forward at the distant site hospital will be fully privileged to provide services by the distant site hospital;
the physician holds and maintains a valid license; and
the originating site hospital has evidence that the physician was internally reviewed by the distant site hospital.
Summary: When granting or renewing credentials and privileges of any physician providing telemedicine or store and forward services, an originating site hospital may rely on a distant site hospital's decision to grant or renew credentials and privileges.
Votes on Final Passage:
July 28, 2019