North State Assemblyman and Republican Chief Whip Dan Logue announced that the Governor signed his bill, Assembly Bill 415: The Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011. Logue explains the bill will make it easier for health care providers to use Telehealth in the treatment of patients, especially in underserved, rural areas of the state.
“So now, you can have a kidney specialist in Mercy basically step in with a live camera and look at the tests. This can even be used for psychiatric treatment and mental healthcare issues. This is so revolutionary that other hospitals in other states are calling us to adopt the same bill. I’m real happy because Grass Valley, the hospital up there does such a tremendous job. This will be a real benefit to the locals.”
AB 415 eliminates obstacles in California law to using Telehealth in the delivery of health care, including removing a requirement that doctors first document a barrier to the patient obtaining an in-person visit before they can use Telehealth, eliminating a requirement that doctors first obtain an additional written consent form from the patient and eliminating unnecessary requirements for doctors to be independently credentialed with every hospital to which they provide Telehealth services. Overall, AB 415 cleans up California law so that doctors and hospitals are able to use Telehealth more effectively. The bill will come into effect on January 1, 2012.