SB 369 Telemedicine pilot program; to expand access, etc., to health care services in certain areas.
Introduced by: William M. Stanley, Jr.
SUMMARY AS ENACTED WITH GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATION:
Telemedicine pilot program. Directs the Center for Telehealth of the University of Virginia and the Virginia Telehealth Network to establish a pilot program to expand access to and improve coordination and quality of health care services in rural areas and medically underserved areas of the Commonwealth through the use of telemedicine. Such pilot program shall include a process for establishing and providing support to patient care teams and for assisting nurse practitioners who seek to participate in the pilot program with identifying and developing written practice agreements with patient care team physicians. The Center for Telehealth shall report to the General Assembly and the Governor on the results of the pilot program by October 15, 2017. The bill also provides that in the case of psychiatric services provided to individuals receiving services from a community services board, free health clinic, or federally qualified health center by a practitioner engaged by the Center for Telehealth of the University of Virginia to deliver such services, the requirement for an appropriate examination shall be satisfied through the use of telemedicine. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2018.