Florida Committee Votes Favorably on Telemedicine Act

The Florida Senate Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee considered Senate Bill 1646 on April 1, 2014. During the committee meeting, the committee voted 6-2 in favor of the measure and it then advanced to the Senate Floor where it awaits further consideration.

SB 1646 creates the Florida Telemedicine Act (the act) and defines the key components for the practice of telemedicine. The act establishes telemedicine as the practice of medicine through advanced communications technology by a telemedicine provider at a distant site. A telemedicine provider is a physician licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459 or an out of state physician who meets the specific requirements for an exemption from Florida licensure. The act also provides exclusions from licensure for consultations and for emergency services, as defined under the act.

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