What is Telemedicine?
As per the House Bill 348, telemedicine is defined as a form of telehealth which is the delivery of clinical health care services by means of real time, two-way audio, visual, or other telecommunications including the application of secure video conferencing or store and forward transfer technology to provide and support healthcare delivery within his or her scope of practice.
Physician Assistant Telemedicine Laws Update:
A Substitute Bill 1 was just introduced modifying certain aspects of the House Bill #348. Physician assistants have been added to the language of this bill. The following are provisions added for Delaware physician assistants:
1. Out of state PAs may practice in Delaware without a current license. Out of states PAs must fill out a medical request form as well as comply with other Delaware registration requirements.
2. Physician assistants may prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine electronic means but will be subject to the same standards of practice as in-person patient visits.
3. Physician assistants do not need to have seen the patient in-person first before providing telemedicine services.
4. Physician assistants may provide care to Delaware residents even if out of state at the time services are provided.
5. Physician assistants may provide telemedicine services through audio and visual means, however, you do not need to have both at the same time to provide these services.