Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
To date, Maryland has yet to pass legislation enacting a telehealth/telemedicine policy — however, the State of Maryland defines telehealth as “the use of telecommunications and information technologies for the exchange of information from one site to another, for the provision of health care to an individual from a provider through hardware or internet connection”. Telemedicine denotes the delivery of healthcare services by means of “interactive audio, video, or other telecommunications/electronic technology”.
In 2012, Maryland legislature enacted parity laws, requiring Maryland Medicaid, state health employee plans, and private payers alike, to recognize and reimburse telemedicine services at the same rates as the equivalent health care service provided in-person.
All health care practitioners providing telemedicine services are required to first establish a physician-patient relationship with a patient, prior to providing a diagnosis or treatment — however, telemedicine may be used to satisfy this requirement, as well as the requirement for an in-person examination.
All out-of-state health care practitioners intending to provide telemedicine services, to patients geographically situated in the state of Maryland, must first obtain a valid medical license, from the Maryland Medical Board, prior to commencing service — however, physician-to-physician (P2P) exemptions apply; and physician licensure reciprocity, extends to Maryland’s bordering states.
On February 02, 2016, Maryland introduced potential legislation that would allow the state to join the Interstate Medical Licensing Compact, expediting a pathway to licensure for qualified physicians, wishing to practice telemedicine in multiple states.
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