Medical Board & Physician Policies
*proposed update* All medical licensing/certifying boards must amend or adopt rules to allow health professionals under their purview to provide telehealth services via audio-only communication.
TELEMEDICINE DEFINITION: Telemedicine includes asynchronous store and forward, remote monitoring, and real-time interactive services (including teleradiology and telepathology). Telemedicine does not include audio-only, email, or fax.
Providers must be licensed in Iowa to practice telemedicine
Physician-patient relationships may be established in person, via consultation with another provider, OR via telemedicine encounter
Iowa Professional Licensure Compacts
Out-of-state licensed practitioners can practice medicine/telemedicine in Iowa
Rules establishing preconditions/limitations/restrictions are suspended
- The ban on audio-only telemedicine is suspended
- The provision requiring face-to-face interaction with health care providers for certain residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment services (Iowa Admin. Code rule 653-13.11 and rule 641-155.2) is suspended
Recent medical school graduates can seek emergency licenses
Criminal background check for initial licensure suspended
Physicians with lapsed/expired licenses can continue to practice
CME requirements temporarily suspended
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