IBM Files Draft Telemedicine Rules: Public Hearing Set for January 15

Date of Publication (December 19, 2015)

Over the last several months, the Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) has been working to develop administrative rules to delineate comprehensive standards of practice for the use of telemedicine in the state. IMS has been closely involved in the development of these rules, offering feedback on options to clarify the rules and ensure that appropriate regulations are put in place. In September, IMS member physicians and staff participated in a stakeholder group that recommended a number of changes to the initial draft of the rules. At its December meeting, the IBM voted to move forward with this amended draft of the rules.

IMS continues to review the proposed rules to determine what additional changes are necessary to ensure that telemedical services offered to Iowa patients by physicians, located both within and outside of the state, are safe and appropriate. At the same time, the rules must allow sufficient flexibility so as to not stifle current telemedicine services being offered in the state, and to allow for future innovation in this rapidly-evolving area of medicine. IMS has developed a list of recommended amendments to the current draft of the rules. We welcome your feedback on these recommendations and to the other provisions of the rule. To share your thoughts, please contact Dennis Tibben with IMS.

A public hearing on these draft rules will be held on January 15 in Des Moines. The final telemedicine regulations are expected to be in place by the middle of 2015.

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