Arkansas Medical Board Proposes to Relax State Telemedicine Laws

The National Law Review

In September, the Arkansas State Medical Board's Telemedicine Advisory Committee indicated that it was in the process of drafting a rule that would allow establishment of a physician-patient relationship through the use of real-time audiovisual communication rather than an in-person visit. This is a significant development given that the Arkansas telemedicine rules are among the most restrictive in the nation and signals that physicians in Arkansas are prepared to embrace telemedicine as a safe and cost-effective way to provide medical services to patients.

The Committee's proposed rule follows on the heels of a telemedicine statute enacted by the Arkansas Legislature in April.