Senator Killion: Telemedicine Bill Signed Into Law

Legislation that would allow eligible licensed physicians in one state to treat patients in other states via telemedicine has been signed into law by governor, according to Senator Tom Killion (R-9).

Killion sponsored similar legislation in the Senate to promote the use of telemedicine as a way to expand Pennsylvanians access to specialized care, save time and costs and improve health care outcomes.

“Telemedicine can be used to connect to a specialists at a distance, deliver life-saving care and provide routine care in a cost-effective manner,” Killion said.  “It is the wave of the future in health care, and something our state should embrace and encourage.”

Specifically, Act 112 of 2016 would permit Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which has been spearheaded by the Federation of State Medical Boards.

“Joining the compact would increase medical access to Pennsylvanians in underserved areas, and connect individuals with serious illnesses to specialists in the field,” Killion said.  “The Compact not only makes it easier for physicians to obtain licenses to practice in multiple states but also strengthens public protections by enhancing the ability of states to share investigative and disciplinary information.”

Currently, 17 states have opted into the compact.

CONTACT: Krista Hair – Senator Killion (717) 787-4712