During the 2016 Legislative Session, House Bill 7087 was passed and became law on April 14, 2016, as Chapter 2016-240, Laws of Florida. This bill creates the Telehealth Advisory Council and also requires the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), the Department of Health (DOH) and the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) to survey health care facilities, health care practitioners, insurers and health maintenance organizations regarding the use of telehealth in Florida. The Telehealth Advisory Council is tasked with reviewing the survey and research findings and making recommendations to increase the use and accessibility of telehealth in Florida.
Effective July 1, 2016, DOH will survey all health care practitioners, as defined by section 456.001, Florida Statutes, upon and as a condition of renewal. The telehealth survey conducted by DOH during licensure renewal is required, and the Department may assess fines for non-compliance with the survey request.
AHCA has launched a dedicated webpage for House Bill 7087, which includes information regarding the Telehealth Advisory Council, telehealth resources and links, telehealth industry surveys and frequently asked questions. For more information and to sign up for Telehealth Advisory Council updates, visit http://www.ahca.myflorida.com/SCHS/telehealth.
To view a full list of bill summaries from the 2016 Legislative Session, please visit www.FLHealthSource.gov/2016-bills. Once there, you will be able to view summaries, effective dates and a link to the final enrolled text.