Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMA Releases Guiding Principles on Telemedicine

The American Medical Association recently approved “guiding principles” regarding the provision of medical services through telecommunications technologies, i.e., telemedicine. These principles stem from a previous policy report developed by the AMA’s Council on Medical Service and address major issues in telemedicine, including:

  • Ensuring the appropriate coverage of and payment for telemedicine services;
  • Fostering innovation in the use of telemedicine;
  • Protecting the patient-physician relationship; and,
  • Promoting improved care coordination with medical homes.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Physician Reminder: On-Site Supervision of PA’s No Longer Required

Physician assistants are increasingly playing an active role in patient care, and states are finally modernizing practice laws, making it easier for them to do so. In March 2013, Governor Steve Beshear approved a law, finalized in House Bill 104, which removed the stringent state requirement that physicians be on-site with PAs during their first 18 months of medical practice.

The law approved a reduced physician supervision time of three months for newly-graduated PAs through May 2014. In addition, under the law, the supervision requirement is eliminated altogether as of June 1, 2014. The bill garnered national attention and even made headlines in The Wall Street Journal (see Melinda Beck, Battles Erupt Over Filling Doctors’ Shoes, The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 4, 2013), as Kentucky was the only state with such a lengthy on-site requirement and one of only three states in the country with any such period of time for new PAs.