René Quashie Discusses Policy Barriers Facing Telemedicine with The Rheumatologist

The Rheumatologist

René Y. Quashie, a Senior Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in The Rheumatologist, in “Legalities of Telemedicine.”

Following is an excerpt:

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has appointed a workgroup to consider the questions concerning appropriate regulation of telemedicine. FSMB’s model policy about telemedicine states that even if there is no existing physician–patient relationship prior to the telemedicine encounter, the physician must be licensed by the medical board of the state where the patient is located. … The policy also states that the physician–patient relationship may be established using telemedicine technologies.

According to René Quashie, senior counsel at the law firm Epstein, Becker & Green in Washington, D.C., FSMB wrote the model policy hoping to loosen some of the restrictions involved in telemedicine. In a presentation at the Cato Institute in May about removing barriers to online medical care, Mr. Quashie says some state medical boards have adopted some or all of the recommendations of the FSMB, but there has not been enough support to pass the policy.