Nevada: Division defines telemedicine, schedules public hearing
The rule defines "telemedicine services" as services provided to an injured worker as an originating site, rural health care facility by a consulting physician or chiropractor located at a distant site in an urban health care facility and medical information is communicated between the injured worker and consulting physician or chiropractor in real time with the use of simultaneous interactive audio and video communication equipment. Telemedicine services for each appointment must be authorized at least five business days in advance in writing by the insurer or third-party administrator and approved at least five business days in advance in writing by the injured worker, unless the worker and insurer or third-party administrator agree to a shorter period. The proposed regulation creates a fee in which a workers' compensation insurance carrier, self-insured employer, or self-insured association of employers can agree to incur to provide medical benefits to an injured worker by telemedicine. The division scheduled a public hearing on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas and Carson City. For more information, visit www.dirweb.state.nv.us/WCS/docs/2013-02-19_TelemedicineRegAndHearingNotice.pdf.
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February 11, 2013
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