1997 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Welfare
By: Senator(s) Bean
Senate Bill 2389
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO CREATE SECTION 73-25-34, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO DEFINE THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE ACROSS STATE LINES (TELEMEDICINE), AND TO REQUIRE LICENSURE BY THE STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN USING TELEMEDICINE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. The following provision shall be codified as Section 73-25-34, Mississippi Code of 1972:
73-25-34. (1) For the purposes of this section, telemedicine, or the practice of medicine across state lines, shall be defined to include any one or both of the following:
(a) Rendering of a medical opinion concerning diagnosis or treatment of a patient within this state by a physician located outside this state as a result of transmission of individual patient data by electronic or other means from within this state to such physician or his agent; or
(b) The rendering of treatment to a patient within this state by a physician located outside this state as a result of transmission of individual patient data by electronic or other means from within this state to such physician or his agent.
(2) Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall engage in the practice of medicine across state lines (telemedicine) in this state, hold himself out as qualified to do the same, or use any title, word or abbreviation to indicate to or induce others to believe that he is duly licensed to practice medicine across state lines in this state unless he has first obtained a license to do so from the State Board of Medical Licensure and has met all educational and licensure requirements as determined by the State Board of Medical Licensure.
(3) The requirement of licensure as set forth in subsection (2) above shall not be required where the evaluation, treatment and/or the medical opinion to be rendered by a physician outside this state (a) is requested by a physician duly licensed to practice medicine in this state, and (b) the physician who has requested such evaluation, treatment and/or medical opinion has already established a doctor/patient relationship with the patient to be evaluated and/or treated.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.