The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent national public health emergency led the use of telemedicine technologies to skyrocket. Legislators and regulators now have the opportunity to make permanent policy that supports many of these advancements throughout the pandemic and beyond.
To address this dramatic increase in telemedicine use, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) House of Delegates adopted “The Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine” (PDF) at their annual meeting in April, an update to their 2014 guidelines. The new document provides guidance to state medical boards on the use of telemedicine in the health care setting and can serve as a model policy for the permanent adoption of telemedicine at the state level. It addresses a number of concerns related to the continued implementation of telemedicine, including licensure, equitable access and the appropriate standard of care.
In this AMA Advocacy Insights webinar, experts from the FSMB will provide an overview of the updated telemedicine policy. In addition, speakers will discuss current state licensure laws regarding telemedicine and continued solutions that can be implemented moving forward.
June 2, 2022, 10 a.m. Central
- Lisa Robin, MLA, chief advocacy officer, Federation of State Medical Boards
- Shawn P. Parker, JD, FSMB Board of Directors, chair, FSMB Telemedicine Workgroup
- Jack Resneck Jr., MD, president-elect, AMA Board of Trustees