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November 18, 2017

Legislature considers telemedicine rules


John Lyon of the Arkansas News Bureau reports on a legislative committee review of telemedicine rules enabled by new state law.

One rule was approved, another was delayed. The long and short of it appears to be that resistance from state doctors is standing in the way of broader implementation of telemedicine practices allowed in other states. Among other differences, Arkansas law requires a patient to be at a health care office to receive treatment by telemedicine, a variance according to one provider with practice in 49 other states.

Arkansas behind the curve? 

Groundhog Day.

Our state Medical Board would say it is simply putting interest of patients first. NOT worrying first about protecting practices of conventional physicians. 

John Lyon of the Arkansas News Bureau reports on a legislative committee review of telemedicine rules enabled by new state law.

One rule was approved, another was delayed. The long and short of it appears to be that resistance from state doctors is standing in the way of broader implementation of telemedicine practices allowed in other states. Among other differences, Arkansas law requires a patient to be at a health care office to receive treatment by telemedicine, a variance according to one provider with practice in 49 other states.

Arkansas behind the curve? 

Groundhog Day.

Our state Medical Board would say it is simply putting interest of patients first. NOT worrying first about protecting practices of conventional physicians. 

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