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      RS 37:1271     

  

§1271. License to practice medicine or telemedicine required

            A. No person shall practice medicine as defined herein until he possesses a duly recorded license issued under this Part or a permit or registration as provided for herein.

            B.(1) No person shall practice or attempt to practice medicine across state lines without first complying with the provisions of this Part and without being a holder of either an unrestricted license to practice medicine in Louisiana or a telemedicine license entitling him to practice medicine pursuant to R.S. 37:1276.1.

            (2) Except as provided in R.S. 37:1271.1 and 1276.1, all of the following shall apply to any physician practicing telemedicine as defined in this Part:

            (a) The physician practicing telemedicine shall use the same standard of care as if the healthcare services were provided in person.

            (b) The physician practicing telemedicine shall not be required to conduct an in-person patient history or physical examination of the patient before engaging in a telemedicine encounter if the physician satisfies all of the following conditions:

            (i) Holds an unrestricted license to practice medicine in Louisiana.

            (ii) Has access to the patient's medical records upon consent of the patient.

            (iii) Creates a medical record on each patient and makes such record available to the board upon request.

            (iv) If necessary, provides a referral to a physician in this state or arranges for follow-up care in this state as may be indicated.

            (3) Except as authorized by R.S. 37:1271.1 or otherwise by rule promulgated by the board, no physician practicing telemedicine pursuant to this Subsection shall prescribe any controlled dangerous substance prior to conducting an appropriate in-person patient history or physical examination of the patient as determined by the board.

            (4)(a) A patient receiving telemedicine services may be in any location at the time that the telemedicine services are rendered. A physician practicing telemedicine may be in any location when providing telemedicine services to a patient.

            (b) A physician practicing telemedicine may utilize interactive audio without the requirement of video if, after access and review of the patient's medical records, the physician determines that he is able to meet the same standard of care as if the healthcare services were provided in person.

            (5) A physician practicing telemedicine shall document the telemedicine services rendered in the patient's medical records according to the same standard as that required for nontelemedicine services. Medical records including but not limited to video, audio, electronic, or other records generated as a result of providing telemedicine services shall be considered as confidential and shall be subject to all applicable state and federal laws and regulations relative to the privacy of health information.

            (6) Venue in any suit filed involving care rendered via telemedicine shall be in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 40:1223.5.

            Acts 1975, No. 350, §1; Acts 1985, No. 302, §2; Acts 2001, No. 17, §1, eff. May 17, 2001; Acts 2008, No. 850, §1; Acts 2014, No. 442, §1; Acts 2016, No. 252, §1, eff. May 26, 2016; Acts 2016, No. 630, §1, eff. June 17, 2016.



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