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About Telehealth in Florida


During the 2019 legislative session, Florida passed Chapter 2019-137, Laws of Florida, which establishes standards of practice for telehealth services, including patient evaluations, record-keeping, and controlled substances prescribing. The law also authorizes out-of-state health care practitioners to perform telehealth services for patients in Florida. Signed by the Governor on June 25, 2019, this law became effective on July 1, 2019.

Out-of-state health care practitioners must be registered with the Florida Department of Health to perform telehealth services for patients in Florida. To complete the application for registration, see the Florida Telehealth page and click "Documents". The out-of-state telehealth provider registration is for health care practitioners licensed outside of Florida ONLY. Florida licensees can already provide telehealth services to patients in Florida that they can treat in person.

If you are a Florida licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician please see Rules 64B8-9.0141 or 64B15-14.081, Florida Administrative Code, for more specific details about the practice of telemedicine.

For questions, contact theFlorida Department of Health

 

Toolkits

 

APA Telepsychiatry ToolkitAPA's Telepsychiatry Toolkit was developed by the APA Work Group on Telepsychiatry. It is an evolving resource for members who want to learn about the various aspects of telepsychiatry, including clinical, training, and policy considerations. As new topics emerge, more resources and information will be added to this toolkit. It covers topics from History, training, practice/clinical, reimbursement and legal issues from leading psychiatrists.

 

Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health: The APA and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) have also released this guide for mental health providers who want to begin using interactive videoconferencing to offer services to their patients.The guide was written by a group of members from APA’s Committee on Telepsychiatry and the ATA’s Telemental Health Specialist Interest Group. The document is a consolidated update of APA and ATA resources in telemental health and provides an overview of the use of clinical videoconferencing as a treatment medium.

 

TELEPSYCHIATRY: A Primer - a free online booklet from PRMS Inc that provides overview of the risks associated with the practice of telepsychiatry and suggestions for minimizing those risks. 

 

Child & Adolescent Telepsychiatry Toolkit - an APA Toolkit covering topics in telepsychiatry related to history, training, practice/clinical issues, reimbursement, and legal issues from leading child and adolescent psychiatrists.


Other Resources

Florida Telehealth FAQs (including info on practicing out-of-state)

Tips for finding best HIPAA-compliant video conferencing software

Medicaid and Telemedicine

Medicare and Telemedicine



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