HCTAA Submits Comments to Federation of State Medical Boards on their Flawed Telemedicine Definition
May 1, 2014 10:29 AM
NAHC’s affiliated Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently submitted comments to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) regarding their recently released definition of “telemedicine.” HCTAA’s comments detail the organizations’ objections to the new definition and make the case for why the definition is flawed.
HCTAA’s primary objection to the definition problem with their definition is that FSMB did not take into account either the need for:
Expanded definitions such as telehealth/remote patient monitoring or,
Expanded settings or,
Services that now can be provided through telehealth.
Additionally, HCTAA objects to FSMB’s decision to exclude other healthcare providers - other than M.D.s – from the definition.
According to HCTAA’s comments:
“We believe that it is important to create a policy that would enable state medical boards to approve the use of telehealth technologies across state boundaries for physicians and other health care providers that employ the use of telehealth technologies and hope this new policy document provides guidance to state medical boards for regulating the use of telemedicine technologies in the practice of medicine and educates licensees as to the appropriate standards of care in the delivery of medical services directly to patients via telemedicine technologies as intended.
We have been advocating that the definition of telemedicine include in its scope both telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies and hope that the Federation of State Medical Boards will consider them for their model guidelines.”
To read HCTAA’s full comments, please click here.