Florida Senate - 2016 SB 1686 By Senator Bean 4-00356C-16 20161686__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to telehealth; creating s. 408.61, 3 F.S.; creating the Telehealth Task Force within the 4 Agency for Health Care Administration; requiring the 5 agency to use existing and available resources to 6 administer and support the task force; providing for 7 the membership of the task force; requiring the task 8 force to compile and analyze certain data and to 9 conduct a comparative analysis of health insurance 10 coverage available for telehealth services and for in 11 person treatment; providing meeting requirements; 12 requiring the task force to submit a report to the 13 Governor and Legislature by a certain date; providing 14 for the repeal of the section; creating s. 456.51, 15 F.S.; authorizing certain licensed or certified health 16 care professionals to provide telehealth services; 17 defining the term “telehealth”; providing an effective 18 date. 19 20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 21 22 Section 1. Section 408.61, Florida Statutes, is created to 23 read: 24 408.61 Telehealth Task Force.— 25 (1) The Telehealth Task Force is created within the agency. 26 The agency shall use existing and available resources to 27 administer and support the activities of the task force under 28 this section. 29 (2) Members of the task force shall serve without 30 compensation and are not entitled to reimbursement for per diem 31 or travel expenses. The task force shall consist of the 32 following 19 members: 33 (a) The Secretary of Health Care Administration or his or 34 her designee, who shall serve as the chair of the task force. 35 (b) The State Surgeon General or his or her designee. 36 (c) Three representatives of hospitals or facilities 37 licensed under chapter 395, three representatives of health 38 insurers that offer coverage of telehealth services, two 39 representatives of organizations that represent health care 40 facilities, and two representatives of entities that create or 41 sell telehealth products, all appointed by the Secretary of 42 Health Care Administration. 43 (d) Five health care practitioners, each of whom practices 44 in a different area of medicine, and two representatives of 45 organizations that represent health care practitioners, all 46 appointed by the State Surgeon General. 47 (3) The task force shall compile and analyze data and 48 information on the following: 49 (a) The frequency and extent of the use of telehealth 50 technology and equipment by health care practitioners and health 51 care facilities nationally and in this state. 52 (b) The costs and cost savings associated with using 53 telehealth technology and equipment. 54 (c) The types of telehealth services available. 55 (d) The extent of available health insurance coverage for 56 telehealth services. The task force shall conduct a comparative 57 analysis of such coverage to available coverage for in-person 58 services. The analysis must include: 59 1. Covered medical or other health care services. 60 2. A description of payment rates for such telehealth 61 services and whether they are below, equal to, or above payment 62 rates for in-person services. 63 3. Annual and lifetime dollar maximums on coverage for 64 telehealth and in-person services. 65 4. Copayment, coinsurance, and deductible amounts; policy 66 year, calendar year, lifetime, or other durational benefit 67 limitations; and maximum benefits for telehealth and in-person 68 services. 69 5. Any unique conditions imposed as a prerequisite to 70 obtaining coverage for telehealth services. 71 (e) Barriers to implementing the use of, using, or 72 accessing telehealth services. 73 (4) The task force shall convene its first meeting by 74 September 1, 2016, and shall meet as often as necessary to 75 fulfill its responsibilities under this section. Meetings may be 76 conducted in person, by teleconference, or by other electronic 77 means. 78 (5) The task force shall submit a report by June 30, 2017, 79 to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of 80 the House of Representatives which includes its findings, 81 conclusions, and recommendations. 82 (6) This section is repealed effective December 1, 2017. 83 Section 2. Section 456.51, Florida Statutes, is created to 84 read: 85 456.51 Telehealth.— 86 (1) A health care practitioner, a person certified under 87 part III of chapter 401, or a person certified under part IV of 88 chapter 468 who is practicing within the scope of his or her 89 license or certification may provide telehealth services. A 90 practitioner or person who is not a physician, but who provides 91 telehealth services within the scope of his or her license or 92 certification, may not be considered to be practicing medicine 93 without a license. 94 (2) As used in this section, the term “telehealth” means 95 the use of synchronous or asynchronous telecommunications 96 technology by a health care practitioner, a person certified 97 under part III of chapter 401, or a person certified under part 98 IV of chapter 468 to provide medical or other health care 99 services, including, but not limited to, patient assessment, 100 diagnosis, consultation, treatment, or remote monitoring; the 101 transfer of medical or health data; patient and professional 102 health-related education; the delivery of public health 103 services; and health care administration functions. 104 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.