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SF 1353

1st Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 05/19/2017 12:38pm

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A bill for an act
relating to health occupations; establishing requirements for the practice of
telemedicine; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 147.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

[147.033] PRACTICE OF TELEMEDICINE.

Subdivision 1.

Definition.

For the purposes of this section, "telemedicine" means the
delivery of health care services or consultations while the patient is at an originating site
and the licensed health care provider is at a distant site. A communication between licensed
health care providers that consists solely of a telephone conversation, e-mail, or facsimile
transmission does not constitute telemedicine consultations or services. A communication
between a licensed health care provider and a patient that consists solely of an e-mail or
facsimile transmission does not constitute telemedicine consultations or services.
Telemedicine may be provided by means of real-time two-way interactive audio, and visual
communications, including the application of secure video conferencing or store-and-forward
technology to provide or support health care delivery, that facilitate the assessment, diagnosis,
consultation, treatment, education, and care management of a patient's health care.

Subd. 2.

Physician-patient relationship.

A physician-patient relationship may be
established through telemedicine.

Subd. 3.

Standards of practice and conduct.

A physician providing health care services
by telemedicine in this state shall be held to the same standards of practice and conduct as
provided in this chapter for in-person health care services.

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