Florida docs support telemedicine coverage

Florida docs support telemedicine coverage

The Florida Medical Association is supporting proposed state legislation requiring private insurers to pay for telemedicine like regular doctor visits, joining 20 other states with similar laws, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) sponsored the legislation, which also calls for a state study of how to establish and regulate a statewide telehealth system, the paper reported. A similar bill stalled last year.

“Telemedicine offers tremendous potential to not only increase patients’ access to physician services, but also to make follow-up visits and consultations more convenient for patients,” Timothy Stapleton, executive vice president for the Florida Medical Association, told the newspaper.

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