Bill Summaries: H868 (2021)

  • Summary date: May 6 2021 - View summary

    Enacts GS 90-9.6, establishing eight qualifications for licensure by the NC Medical Board (Board) to practice medicine through telehealth services. Such qualifications include holding a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in another state, D.C., or possession or territory of the US; registration with the Board through application; having no current or pending disciplinary actions against the applicant's license by any medical licensing agency in any state or other jurisdiction at the time of application; and not having an office in the State and not currently providing in-person health care services to patients located in the State. Provides an exemption from licensure requirements for out of state licensed medical providers who provide telehealth services to a patient located in the State in response to an emergency medical condition of the patient, or in consultation with a health care professional licensed in the State who has supervisory and ultimate authority over the diagnosis and health care of the patient.

    Establishes recordkeeping requirements of health care services rendered by licensees using telehealth services and provide for confidentiality of medical records.  

    Provides that a licensee using telehealth services to perform a patient evaluation sufficient to diagnose and treat the patient is not required to research a patient's medical history or conduct a physical or in-person exam before using telehealth to provide health care services to the patient or establish an initial provider-patient relationship. Details parameters for the determination of the encounter location. Provides for venue for a civil or administrative action brought pursuant to the statute. 

    Deems violations of the statute a Class 3 misdemeanor, subject to a fine of up to $500 for each offense. Authorizes the Board to take disciplinary action against a licensee for violations. 

    Authorizes the Board to adopt implementing rules. 

    Applies to application for licensure on or after October 1, 2021.