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  • Arkansas' New Telemedicine Rules Small Step Forward

    The National Law Review

    The Arkansas Legislative Council’s Rules and Regulations Subcommittee approved, on August 16, 2016, proposed regulations which, if accepted by the Arkansas Legislative Council, will remove some restrictions on telemedicine providers in a state that enjoyed the lowest ranking among all states in the American Telemedicine Association’s most recent report. Currently, Arkansas Code 17-80-117, enacted in April 2015, and Regulation No. 2(8), require an initial in-person encounter to establish a valid physician-patient relationship. Following the issuance of draft rules last October and the release of proposed amendments in April, the Legislative Subcommittee gave its final approval in August to amend Arkansas’ prior practice standards for telemedicine by revising the text of Regulation No. 2(8)(A) and (B). These amendments allow a doctor to establish a valid relationship with a patient, without the need for an in-person exam, if the doctor “performs a face to face examination using real time audio and visual telemedicine technology that provides information at least equal to such information as would have been obtained by an in-person examination.” The revised regulation will become effective August 26.


  • Europe Urged to Support U.S.-Based Telehealth Standards

    mHealth Intelligence

    Five nations and a region in Spain are looking to the U.S. for help in pushing the needle on telehealth adoption in Europe.n a three-page letter sent in June to Europe’s 28-member eHealth Network and the European Commission to promote eHealth policies, healthcare officials from Sweden, Finland, Austria, Denmark, Norway and Spain’s Catalonia region ask for, among other things, “a European evaluation of an end-to-end interoperability framework based on international standards for personal connected health.” he officials cite barriers familiar to telehealth advocates in the U.S.: healthcare systems reluctant to update legacy IT systems that can’t easily support new technology, and a hesitance to adopt open standards that would enable interoperability.


  • Missouri Governor Signs New Telemedicine Law


    Missouri’s governor signed into law SB 579 (the “Act”), on June 8, 2016, establishing new telemedicine practice standards, including explicitly allowing a valid physician-patient relationship to be established via telemedicine. Here is a summary of the Act’s key provisions: