On Friday, July 21, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) signed into law legislation (SB 291) establishing telemedicine practice standards, telehealth coverage requirements for New Jersey Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, commercial health plans, and other State-funded health insurance.
The law, which went into effect immediately after being signed, authorizes health care providers to remotely provide health care services to patients through the use of telemedicine, and engage in telehealth as may be necessary to support and facilitate the provision of health care services to patients.
SB 291 laid out key requirements for health care providers who use telemedicine or engage in telehealth to:
- Be validly licensed, certified, or registered to provide such services in New Jersey
- Remain subject to regulation by the appropriate New Jersey State licensing board or professional regulatory entity
- Act in compliance with existing requirements regarding the maintenance of liability insurance
- Remain subject to New Jersey jurisdiction if either the patient or the provider is located in New Jersey at the time services are provided. The bill also stipulates requirements concerning recordkeeping, review of medical records, standards of care, and the establishment of a provider-patient relationship.
For a full description of the law, please read here.