Florida State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies

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Florida Medicaid

Program Administrator: Florida Dept. of Children and Families

Regional Telehealth Resource Center:

Southeast Telehealth Resource Center
PO Box 1408

Waycross, GA 31501
(888) 138-7210
www.setrc.us

STATE LAW MEDICAID PROGRAM

Definition of telemedicine/telehealth

“Telemedicine means the practice of medicine by a Telemedicine is “the use of telecommunication and
licensed Florida physician or physician assistant where information technology to provide clinical care to
patient care, treatment, or services are provided through individuals at a distance, and to transmit the information
the use of medical information exchanged from one site needed to provide that care.”
to another via electronic communications. Telemedicine
shall not include the provision of health care services Source: FL Dept. of Health, Child Protection Team Program,
only through an audio only telephone, email messages, Policy and Procedure Handbook, p.79 (Jun. 2015). (Accessed
text messages, facsimile transmission, Oct. 2017).

Source: FL Admin Code 64B8-9.0141 & 64B15-14.0081.
Telemedicine: The practice of health care delivery by a
practitioner who is located at a site other than the site
where a recipient is located for the purposes of
evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment.
Source: FL Admin Code 59G-1.057.

Live Video Reimbursement

FL Medicaid reimburses for real time interactive Some telemedicine services reimbursed in the
telemedicine. Community Behavioral Health Services, per the Fee
Source: FL Admin Code 59G-1.057. Schedule.

Source: Community Behavioral Health Services Fee Schedule.
Jan. 1, 2017. (Accessed Oct. 2017).

Store and Forward Reimbursement

No reference found. No reference found.

Remote Patient Monitoring Reimbursement

No reference found. No reference found.

Email/Phone/FAX Restrictions

No reimbursement for telephone, chart review, No reference found.
electronic mail messages or facsimile transmissions.
Source: FL Admin Code 59G-1.057.
“Telemedicine shall not include the provision of health

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care services only through an audio only telephone,

email messages, text messages, facsimile transmission,
U.S. Mail or other parcel service, or any combination
thereof.”

Source: FL Admin Code 64B8-9.0141 & 64B15-14.0081.

Online Prescribing

Controlled substances shall not be prescribed through No reference found.

the use of telemedicine, except for the treatment of
psychiatric disorders.
Exception: physicians can order controlled substances
through the use of telemedicine for patients hospitalized
in a facility licensed pursuant to Ch. 395, F.S.
Prescribing medication solely on the basis of an
electronic medical questionnaire is not allowed.
A physician-patient relationship may be established
through telemedicine.
Source: FL Admin Code 64B8-9.0141 & 64B15-14.0081.
Prior to e-prescribing, physicians and physician
assistants must document a patient evaluation, including
history and physical examination, to establish the
diagnosis for which any drug is prescribed, and discuss
treatment options with the patient.
These rules don’t apply in emergency situations.
Source: FL Admin. Code 64B8-9.014.

Consent

No reference found. No reference found.

Location

No reference found. No reference found.

Cross State Licensing

No reference found. No reference found.

Private Payers

No reference found. No reference found.

Site/Transmission Fee

No reference found. No reference found.

Miscellaneous

Florida’s Board of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine Florida created a Telehealth Advisory Council for
adopted “Standards for Telemedicine Practice”. See purpose of making recommendations to the Governor
“Comments” for details not included in the categories and the Legislature about telehealth.
above.

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The state’s Agency for Health Care Administration, the
Source: FL Admin Code 64B8-9.0141. Department of Health (DOH) and the Office of the
At the time of license renewal all practitioners must fill out Insurance Regulation was also required to survey FL
providers on their utilization of telehealth.
a Telehealth Practitioner Survey.
Source: FL Admin Code 64B8-9.008. Source: FL Report on Telehealth Utilization and Accessibility.
Dec. 2016. (Accessed Oct. 2017).

Comments: In 1998, the Child Protection Team (CPT) Program implemented a telemedicine network that links CPT teams with remote or satellite CPT offices, or local facilities, such as hospital emergency rooms, county health departments, or child advocacy centers, to facilitate telemedicine assessments for abuse, abandonment, and neglect of children in remote or rural areas.

Only specially trained CPT physicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners or physician assistants can perform these exams. And only specifically trained registered nurses at presenting sites may participate in the exam.

Source: Florida Department of Health, Child Protection Team Program, Policy and Procedure Handbook, p. 30 (Jun.

2015). (Accessed Aug. 2016).

Florida Children’s Medical Services (CMS) is a collection of programs for special needs children. CMS’ Telemedicine Program services are provided by approved CMS Network providers to Medicaid children enrolled in CMS. Eligible sites are limited.

Source: Florida Children’s Medical Services, Families, Health Services (Accessed Aug. 2016).

Professional Board Telehealth-Specific Regulations

FL Board of Medicine (Source: FL Admin Code 64B8-9.0141)

FL Board of Osteopathic Medicine (Source: Florida Admin Code 64B15-14.0081)

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