Telemedicine on the PRMS Blog

In these uncertain times, the issues around telepsychiatry are more confusing than ever. To provide some answers to these uncertainties, we created a Telepsychiatry On-Demand Tutorial and are sharing associated resources, which you can access via this link (access the webinar under “Presentation”). While there continue to be many unknowns, this on-demand tutorial covers changes ...

Here are my top four things to consider before using Skype – or any other technology – for telemedicine: 1) Does the technology comply with HIPAA’s requirements? Under the Privacy Rule, the technology vendor is a Business Associate if it stores (for any amount of time, no matter how short) or has access to protected health information (patient demographic and medical informati ...

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There was an interesting item reported over the past few days regarding the disciplinary action taken by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners against the license of a Texas veterinarian, Dr. Ronald Hines. Here is a link to one of many reports on this story. Before I go any further, let me lay out the standard cautions about believing only a little bit of what ...

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Our underwriters and risk managers are often asked, “Do you cover telepsychiatry?”  As with all of life’s important questions, the only correct immediate answer is, “It depends.” Of course, no one should accept this as a final answer, so we proceed to ask several other questions before rendering our final decision.  First, let’s look at the basic definition of the term. When w ...

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