On January 22, 2018, the Georgia House of Representatives adopted a Resolution recognizing telehealth as an important tool to improving access to health care in Georgia. One week later, the Georgia Senate recognized January 30, 2018, as Telehealth Day at the State Capitol. The Peach State clearly remains an enthusiastic pioneer in its use of telemedicine as a means of delivering health care.
This article is educational and not intended as legal advice. Practitioners should be watchful for changes in the law and interpretations in this emerging field. For deeper discussions on offering telemedicine services in Georgia, please consider attending the “Georgia Telehealth: 2018 Legal & Regulatory Update,” a half-day educational program offered at the Global Partnership for Telehealth’s 2018 Annual Telehealth Conference in Jekyll Island, GA on March 19-21, 2018.
Here are 10 tips when to consider when providing telemedicine services in Georgia:
Georgia telemedicine regulations do not specify a required telemedicine modality and do not explicitly require the use of real-time audio-video technology for all telemedicine services.
Providers looking to enter the Georgia market must understand and navigate these interesting laws on telemedicine licensing, practices standards, controlled substances, and reimbursement. We will continue to monitor Georgia for any rule changes that affect or improve telemedicine opportunities in the state.
For more information on telemedicine, telehealth, virtual care, and other health innovations, including the team, publications, and other materials, visit Foley’s Telemedicine and Digital Health Industry Team and read our 2017 Telemedicine and Digital Health Executive Survey.