The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners has amended its rules governing the use of telemedicine as it relates to patients who are located in Louisiana. Among other things, the rules require a face-to-face patient encounter before a prescription may be issued by a physician via electronic means and outlines physician prerequisite conditions and disclosures that must occur prior to the use of telemedicine to provide medical services. For more information, visit this month’s issue of the Louisiana Register: http://www.doa.la.gov/Pages/osr/reg/regs2015.aspx.
Written by: Traci S. Thompson
Hospitals with physician practices should be mindful of the requirements for supervision of mid-level practitioners in light of the dynamic regulatory environment relating to physician supervision of Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). There are potential changes to APRN supervision requirements coming from the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) for physicians who work with these mid-level practitioners. The following chart, and the article below provide a summary of the current state of the supervision regulations relating to both APRNs and Physician Assistants (PAs), followed by a discussion of the proposed changes. Continue reading