Governor Signs Telehealth Streamlining

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill to make it easier for rural patients to utilize telehealth technology. It was one of several health-related bills the governor signed into law last week.

AB 809 by Assembly member Dan Logue (R-Marysville) changes the consent rules around use of telehealth, a technology that allows patients in rural areas to get medical advice and treatment plans from physicians in urban settings. It allows providers to secure consent the first time patients use the technology and removes the requirement to get consent every time a new appointment is made. Previous rules required consent from the originating site, which had the potential to create some logistical problems.

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