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HB 2028 - Establishes the Kansas Telemedicine Act - Kansas Key Vote

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Title: Establishes the Kansas Telemedicine Act

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that establishes the Kansas Telemedicine Act, effective January 1, 2019.

Highlights:

 

  • Requires, on or after January 1, 2019, all insurance companies within the state of Kansas to provide coverage for certain medical services that are delivered via telemedicine (Sec. 1).

  • Defines telemedicine as the delivery of healthcare services using 2-way audio or visual communications, live video conferencing, or store-and-forward technology (Sec. 2).

  • Specifies that this bill does not mandate coverage for a telemedicine service if such service would not be covered if it were delivered in-person (Sec. 4).

  • Authorizes the use of telemedicine to establish a valid provider-patient relationship (Sec. 3).

  • Prohibits requiring documentation other than a patient’s medical record for reimbursement of a telemedicine service (Sec. 4).

  • Requires managed care organizations that provide services covered by the state’s Medicaid program to also provide coverage for speech-language pathology and audiology services via telemedicine (Sec. 7).

  • Requires rules and regulations to be in place by December 31, 2018 relating to the prescribing of drugs, including controlled substances, via telemedicine (Sec. 5).

  • Specifies that the standards of practice and conduct and patient privacy laws that apply to in-person doctor visits also apply to services that are delivered via telemedicine (Sec. 3).

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Title: Establishes the Kansas Telemedicine Act

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