HB 495 Modifies provisions relating to telemedicine

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Current Bill Summary

- Prepared by Senate Research -

HCS/HB 495 - This act modifies the definition of "telehealth" and "telemedicine" to include the use of adaptive questionnaires as part of asynchronous store-and-forward technology. Such adaptive questionnaires shall be sufficient to establish an informed diagnosis as though a medical interview or physical examination has been performed in person, for purposes of establishing a physician-patient relationship through telemedicine, including for purposes of prescribing any drug, controlled substance, or other treatment. Additionally, the sole use of technology through an adaptive questionnaire shall not constitute an electronic visit for purposes of insurance coverage of telehealth services.

Finally, telemedicine benefits offered by employers shall not be considered and treated as insurance or insurance products in Missouri.

Provisions of this act are substantially similar to SB 284 (2021).


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