State Medical Board Group Offers Guidelines for Appropriate Telehealth Use
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has issued updated guidance on appropriate telehealth use. According to the FSMB, there was a 2,000% increase in the number of telehealth visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, along with the benefits of virtual care, the practice has also led to patient discrimination, revealing gaps in care and populations with less access. FSMB's guidance on the appropriate use of telemedicine technologies, first released in 2014, is meant to be a resource for providers. The guidance addresses prioritizing welfare patients, protecting patient confidentiality, and recognizing ethical codes, among other topics. The American Medical Association has endorsed the updated guidelines.
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