Topic:
MEDICAL CARE; LEGISLATION; LICENSING; TELECOMMUNICATIONS; PHYSICIANS;
Location:
LICENSING; MEDICAL CARE;

OLR Research Report


January 29, 2007

 

2007-R-0163

TELEMEDICINE

By: John Kasprak, Senior Attorney

You asked if Connecticut has passed any legislation on telemedicine.

Public Act 96-148, “An Act Concerning Telemedicine Licensure,” requires physicians from other states performing diagnostic or treatment services for state residents through electronic communications or interstate commerce on a regular, ongoing, or contractual basis to be licensed in Connecticut (CGS 20-9(d)).

This law also requires licensing of out-of-state physicians providing official written reports of their diagnostic evaluations, based on electronically transmitted radiographic images, to in-state physicians or patients on an ongoing, regular, or contractual basis.

A nonresident physician does not need a state license if he or she (1) consults on an irregular basis with a Connecticut-licensed physician or (2) consults with a medical school in Connecticut for educational or medical training purposes. A state license is also unnecessary for a person who regularly provides the services covered by the act under an arrangement or agreement with a state-licensed, short-term acute care general hospital, if entered into before February 1, 1996, and in effect as of October 1, 1996.