State lawmakers to explore telemedicine

By Kathleen McGrory

Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

TALLAHASSEE — The doctors at Miami Children’s Hospital use advanced communications technology to diagnose sick children in Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic. Helping young patients in remote parts of Florida or other states, however, is not so easy. For one, insurance companies in Florida aren’t required to reimburse doctors for telemedicine services, meaning physicians aren’t guaranteed payment for Web-based consultations or diagnostic test interpretations. What’s more, many doctors don’t have the licenses to practice in other states or the credentials to practice at other hospitals.

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