The Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, generally defines telemedicine as “the delivery of healthcare where there is no in-person exchange” — more specifically it defines telemedicine as, the mode of delivering health care services and public health by means of telecommunication technologies, to diagnose, consult, treat, educate, remotely manage patient care, and remotely manage patients situated in rural areas.
However, at this time Rhode Island is one of the lowest-ranking states in the United States, when it comes to telemedicine policies. Despite years of attempts, there are currently no parity laws, requiring coverage and reimbursement of telemedicine services by private payers. There is also currently, no telemedicine coverage under Medicaid. However, pending approval, House Bill 7717, introduced on February 24, 2016, would establish a parity law, and legislature allowing the state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact — the bill is currently in committee.
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. Additionally, all health care practitioners providing telemedicine services, are required to first document and record a patient’s informed consent, prior to commencing service.
All out-of-state health care practitioners intending to provide telemedicine services, to patients geographically situated in the state of Rhode Island, must first obtain a valid medical license, from the Rhode Island Medical Board, prior to commencing service — however, physician-to-physician (P2P) exemptions apply.
Out-of-state health care practitioners intending to provide telemedicine/telehealth services to patients in Rhode Island, are required to first obtain a medical license from the Rhode Island medical board — however, P2P (physician-to-physician) exemptions are permitted.
Rhode Island is one of sixteen states across the United States, to have an informed consent policy, for telemedicine.
For the first time in history, qualified medical marijuana patients may now choose to see a marijuana doctor online, using medical marijuana telemedicine services for the purposes of obtaining a Rhode Island medical marijuana evaluation.
If you are a qualified medical marijuana patient, living in Rhode Island, you can now choose to: