The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) today submitted comments to the Federation of State Medical Board (FSMB) regarding their “Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine.” The FSMB model was drafted to provide recommendations to state medical and osteopathic boards in evaluating the appropriateness of care as related to the use of telemedicine. ATA’s strongly urged the Federation to consider a series of changes to the proposed policy. ATA’s recommendations, based on years of clinical and research experience by most of the nation’s leading health systems and thousands of providers, are intended to strengthen the proposal and align various sections with current safe practices in telemedicine. To see the full FSMB document, click here. To see the full comments submitted by ATA, click here.
Over the past fifteen years ATA’s members have worked with medical societies, government agencies and other parties to develop a series of practice guidelines as a basis for uniform, quality patient care and safety, grounded in empirical research and clinical experience. Despite the development of the ATA guidelines, the recent surge in the use of telemedicine and their strong public support some state medical boards have developed medical practice standards that effectively hinder the use of such services within the state. ATA has asked the Federation to implement a policy that provides a standard of care for telemedicine equal to that of in-person care in order to promote patient safety, increase the quality of care and expand access and patient choice in health services.