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Telemedicine prohibitions and legal rules governing online patient consults

With advent of Google health and online personalized, health care recommendations, telemedicine legal issues frequently arise.

Telemedicine laws vary by state, and frequently take some digging to discover.

For example, this little legal rule is buried inside a disciplinary provision of one of the Administrative Rules of the Georgia Composite Medical Board:

(6) Providing treatment via electronic or other means unless a history and physical examination of the patient has been performed by a Georgia licensee. This shall not prohibit a licensee who is on call or covering for another licensee from treating and/or consulting a patient of such other licensee. Also, this paragraph shall not prohibit a patient’s  attending physician from obtaining consultations or recommendations from other licensed health care providers.

The do's and don't are fairly clear here, but the point is that it takes some legal research to ascertain what rules apply, and that one must look to the state where the patient is situated as well as the state of the health care practitioner.

Our attorneys regularly consult and advice on telemedicine and other health care law and business legal matters involving online enterprises.  For legal advice concerning telemedicine and other health care practices, whether involving physicians, nurses, psychologists, or CAM providers such as acupuncturists, or even life coaches, fitness consultants, nutritional advisors, and others, contact our health care lawyers today.

To assess your healthcare legal and regulatory issues, contact the Michael H. Cohen Law Group.  Our healthcare and FDA legal team counsels health and wellness products and technologies, practices, and ventures, that accelerate health and healing.

Michael H CohenMichael H Cohen
The Los Angeles / San Francisco / Bay Area-based Michael H Cohen Law Group provides healthcare legal and FDA legal & regulatory counsel to health & wellness practices and ventures, including health technology companies (medical devices to wearable health and nanotech), healthcare facilities (from medical centers to medical spas), and healthcare service providers (from physicians to psychologists).Our legal team offers expertise in corporate & transactional, healthcare regulatory & compliance, and healthcare litigation and dispute resolution, in cutting-edge areas such as anti-aging and functional medicine, telemedicine and m-health, and concierge medicine.Our Founder, attorney Michael H. Cohen, is an author, speaker on healthcare law and FDA law, and internationally-recognized thought leader in the trillion-dollar health & wellness industry.
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