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1 Many Members, One Voice Regulatory Issues in E-Health: A State Medical Board Perspective


3 FSMB: Organization & Mission Organization 70 member state medical boards Non-Profit Association since 1912 Located in Dallas/Fort Worth Mission Improve the quality, safety and integrity of health care in the U.S. through the development and promotion of high standards for physician licensure and practice.

4 MEDICAL Boards

5 Issues Must Be Addressed License Portability Standards for online medical practice Challenges Potential Solutions

6 Increase License Portability Objectives: –Reduce burden faced by applicants in seeking licensure in multiple states –Reduce administrative redundancies and encourage uniformity –Facilitate the mobilization of physicians to disaster- affected areas –Maintain the same level of public protection as the current regulatory system

7 Increase License Portability Assumptions: –State-based structure has failed to keep pace with advancements in health care delivery –State-based regulation of health care practitioners continues to best serve the interests of patients –Increased access to e-health services can improve the quality and cost effectiveness of health care –Sharing licensee credentials and disciplinary information is central to portability –Boards are dependent upon licensure fees to perform their regulatory function –Additional funding will be necessary to implement innovations

8 License Portability Demonstration Project A 3-year demonstration project, funded by HRSA and FSMB –to develop and implement a centralized information data management system in two regions of the U.S. –to conduct, assess and report on legal and technical variations, barriers, and solutions to determine the feasibility of expanding the system nationwide –to evaluate the utility of special telemedicine licenses utilized by 9 states Participating state medical boards: –Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, Wyoming –Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

9 Standards for Online Medical Practice Appropriate licensure Parity of ethical and professional standards regardless of mode of delivery –Legitimate physician-patient relationship –Patient evaluation prior to diagnosis/treatment (including prescribing) –Prescriptions based solely on an online questionnaire fails to meet an acceptable standard of care = violation of the medical practice act –Electronic communications Authentication of patient’s identity Privacy/Security Access Response Archival and retrieval Documented in the medical record

10 Challenges Regulating “rogue” Internet pharmacies without creating regulatory barriers to legitimate telehealth practice Lack of resources –Discourages innovation –Impedes technical advancement –Expected to “do more with less” Inconsistencies in laws, standards, procedures and processes –Requires statutory/rule/regulation change in multiple jurisdictions –Discourages technical interoperability –Complicates and discourages multi-state medical practice –Discourages interstate cooperation and information sharing

11 Possible Solutions Federal legislation to regulate “rogue” Internet pharmacies –Define a qualifying physician patient relationship –Disclosure of associated pharmacists and physicians –Nationwide injunctive authority for state AGs Appropriate funding for state medical boards –All revenues generated from board activities (fees, reimbursed costs) allocated to the state medical board –Incentives for “new approaches” Common license application Online credentials verification Utilization of electronic medical records –Advance technical capabilities to support board operations

12 Possible Solutions Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of state laws, standards and procedures relevant to licensing requirements, confidentiality, electronic prescriptions and health records –Develop and promulgate recommendations, including model legislation, standards for electronic health records, prescribing and reimbursement Assure technical interoperability

13 Many Members, One Voice “I’m sorry, Nathan, but I need to color outside the lines.”

14 Resources Model Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of the Internet in Medical Practice Essentials of a Modern Medical Practice Act eRisk Working Group for Healthcare’s - Guidelines for Online Communication d_care/2006%20eRisk%20Guidelines%20Final.rtf d_care/2006%20eRisk%20Guidelines%20Final.rtf

15 Many Members, One Voice Lisa Robin Vice President Government Relations, Policy and Education PO Box 619850 Dallas, TX 75261-9850 Tel: 817.868.4053 Fax: 817.868.4153 Email:

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