The use of
The physician used the Internet-based video service to treat and prescribe controlled substances for pain-management patients. Federal law clearly prohibits prescribing controlled drugs without a prior face-to-face visit. ATA supports such a ruling. “However, blaming the use of an online video-based communication platform for mistreatment of a patient is like blaming a stethoscope for a physician’s poor judgment,” said
Over the past 15 years, ATA has developed a series of practice guidelines on various clinical applications of telehealth to help improve the technical quality and reliability of telehealth encounters, and to assure the uniform quality of service to patients of telehealth. To view ATA’s published guidelines, visit: http://www.americantelemed.org/practice/standards/ata-standards-guidelines.
ATA encourages compliance with all state and federal laws governing the practice of medicine, the exchange of health information, and remote health services. Policies for telehealth vary in each state according to service coverage, payment methodology, distance requirements, eligible patient populations, healthcare providers, authorized technologies and patient consent. For more information on related public policy issues visit: http://www.americantelemed.org/get-involved/public-policy-advocacy/policy-issues.
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