Following a public hearing last month, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board approved new rules for the practice of telemedicine. The rules differ notably from its first set of rules proposed in 2015 and considered at a public hearing in January 2016. After receiving criticism on its first set of rules, the Board withdrew them for reconsideration and redrafting. The new rules are a notable improvement and refinement, constituting a more streamlined set of rules designed to balance patient care expectations while fostering innovation in health care delivery.
The new rules require approval from both the Governor and the Legislature (a process which typically takes approximately four months). After those approvals, the rules will be submitted to the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau for publication, and will take effect the first day of the month following publication.
Provisions of the new rules include the following:
We will continue to monitor the proposed Wisconsin rules for when the final version is published.
For more information on telemedicine, telehealth, virtual care, and other health innovations, including the team, publications, and other materials, visit Foley’s Telemedicine and Virtual Care practice.