TITLE 27
Insurance

CHAPTER 27-81
The Telemedicine Coverage Act

SECTION 27-81-3


§ 27-81-3. Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(1) "Distant site" means a site at which a healthcare provider is located while providing healthcare services by means of telemedicine.

(2) "Healthcare facility" means an institution providing healthcare services or a healthcare setting, including, but not limited to: hospitals and other licensed, inpatient centers; ambulatory surgical or treatment centers; skilled nursing centers; residential treatment centers; diagnostic, laboratory and imaging centers; and rehabilitation and other therapeutic-health settings.

(3) "Healthcare professional" means a physician or other healthcare practitioner licensed, accredited, or certified to perform specified healthcare services consistent with state law.

(4) "Healthcare provider" means a healthcare professional or a healthcare facility.

(5) "Healthcare services" means any services included in the furnishing to any individual of medical, podiatric, or dental care, or hospitalization, or incident to the furnishing of that care or hospitalization, and the furnishing to any person of any and all other services for the purpose of preventing, alleviating, curing, or healing human illness, injury, or physical disability.

(6) "Health insurer" means any person, firm, or corporation offering and/or insuring healthcare services on a prepaid basis, including, but not limited to, a nonprofit service corporation, a health maintenance organization, or an entity offering a policy of accident and sickness insurance.

(7) "Health maintenance organization" means a health maintenance organization as defined in chapter 41 of this title.

(8) "Nonprofit service corporation" means a nonprofit hospital-service corporation as defined in chapter 19 of this title, or a nonprofit medical-service corporation as defined in chapter 20 of this title.

(9) "Originating site" means a site at which a patient is located at the time healthcare services are provided to them by means of telemedicine, which can be a patient's home where medically appropriate; provided, however, notwithstanding any other provision of law, health insurers and healthcare providers may agree to alternative siting arrangements deemed appropriate by the parties.

(10) "Policy of accident and sickness insurance" means a policy of accident and sickness insurance as defined in chapter 18 of this title.

(11) "Store-and-forward technology" means the technology used to enable the transmission of a patient's medical information from an originating site to the healthcare provider at the distant site without the patient being present.

(12) "Telemedicine" means the delivery of clinical healthcare services by means of real time, two-way electronic audiovisual communications, including the application of secure video conferencing or store-and-forward technology to provide or support healthcare delivery, which facilitate the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and care management of a patient's health care while such patient is at an originating site and the healthcare provider is at a distant site, consistent with applicable federal laws and regulations. Telemedicine does not include an audio-only telephone conversation, email message, or facsimile transmission between the provider and patient, or an automated computer program used to diagnose and/or treat ocular or refractive conditions.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2016, ch. 177, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 188, § 1.)