Georgia Telehealth Regulations and Laws
Telehealth Regulations in Georgia
Most states have regulatory provisions governing the provision of telemedicine services. This article provides clarity on Georgia’s laws and regulations regarding key requirements for providing telehealth services including: standard of care, online prescribing, establishing the practitioner-patient relationship, informed consent, patient identification requirements, and requirements for medical records. This article also provides information on cross-state licensing and payment parity laws.
If you are looking for more information related to Georgia’s telehealth laws and regulations, you can review items such as the state medical board’s regulations, applicable health insurance codes (for reimbursement, payer information, etc.), and Medicaid laws.
Standard of Care
Georgia has robust minimum standards of practice while providing treatment or consultation recommendations via telehealth. Notably, patients treated by telehealth must be given the name, credentials, and emergency contact information for the Georgia licensed practitioner providing the treatment.
Georgia has robust minimum standards of practice for establishing the practitioner-patient relationship via telehealth. Notably, the practitioner must be able to examine the patient using technology or peripherals that are equal or superior to an examination done personally by a provider within that provider’s standard of care.
Are There Online Prescription Restrictions?
Georgia does not have any laws or regulations specific to prescribing non controlled substances via telemedicine. However, in most cases, providers working through telecommunication platforms generally cannot prescribe controlled substances.
Informed Patient Consent
Georgia does not specify any particular conditions or requirements for informed patient consent around telehealth visits.
Georgia does not specify any particular requirements for how a provider should verify patient identification before treating a patient via telehealth.
Georgia state law does not specify any particular conditions or requirements for medical records around telehealth visits.
Cross-State Medicine Licensing
Georgia is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without having to obtain additional licenses.
Payment Parity Laws
There is a payment parity law for telehealth administered in Georgia, which means that patients will pay the same rate they do for specific types of telehealth services that they do for in-person care.
What Types of Providers Are Allowed to Offer Telehealth Services in Georgia?
In the state of Georgia, the healthcare providers allowed to offer telehealth services include:
Mental health professionals
Behavioral health specialists
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