WEST virginia legislature
2021 regular session
House Bill 2024
By Delegates Hanshaw
(Mr. Speaker) and Skaff
(By Request of the Executive)
[Originating in the Committee on Health and Human Resources; Reported on February 25, 2021]
A BILL to repeal §30-3-13a and §30-14-12d of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §30-1-26 of said code; all relating to telehealth services; defining terms; establishing a registration; permitting health care practitioners licensed in other states, in good standing, to practice in West Virginia using telehealth services; providing emergency rulemaking authority; setting forth requirements for registration; permitting a fee for registration; placing a cap on the fee; permitting physician-patient relationship to begin with an audio-only call or conversation in real time; requiring a registrant to report certain information to the board; and clarifying that a registrant is subject to the laws of this state.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
§30-1-26. Telehealth practice.
(a) For the purposes of this section:
“Health care practitioner” means a person licensed under §30-1-1 et seq. who provides health care services.
“Interstate telehealth services” means the provision of telehealth services to a patient located in West Virginia by a health care practitioner located in another state.
“Registration” means an authorization to practice a health profession regulated by this chapter for the limited purpose of providing interstate telehealth services within the registrant’s scope of practice.
“Telehealth services” means
the use of synchronous or asynchronous telecommunications technology or
audio only telephone calls by a health care practitioner to provide health
care services, including, but not limited to, assessment, diagnosis,
consultation, treatment, and monitoring of a patient; transfer of medical data;
patient and professional health-related education; public health services; and
health administration. The term does not include
audio-only telephone calls
internet questionnaires, e-mail messages, or facsimile transmissions.
(b) Unless already provided
for by statute or legislative rule, a health care board, referred to in this
chapter, shall propose
a an emergency rule for legislative
approval in accordance with the provisions of §29A-3-1 et seq. to
regulate telehealth practice by a telehealth practitioner. The proposed rule
shall consist of the following:
(1) The practice of the health care service occurs where the patient is located at the time the telehealth technologies are used;
(2) The health care
practitioner who practices telehealth
must be licensed as provided in this
chapter shall be:
(A) Licensed in good standing in the state in which he or she is located and not currently under investigation or subject to an administrative complaint; and
(B) Registered as an interstate telehealth practitioner with the appropriate board in West Virginia;
(3) When the health care practitioner patient relationship is established;
(4) The standard of care;
(5) A prohibition of
prescribing schedule II drugs, unless authorized by another section; andEstablish
the conduct of a registrant for which discipline may be imposed by the board of
registration; and (6) Implement the
provisions of this section while ensuring competency, protecting the citizens
of this state from harm, and addressing issues specific to each profession.
(5) Establish a fee, not to exceed the amount to be paid by a licensee, to be paid by the interstate telehealth practitioner registered in the state; and
(6) A reference to the Board’s discipline process.
(c) A registration issued pursuant to this section does not authorize a health care professional to practice from a physical location within this state without first obtaining appropriate licensure.
(d) By accepting a registration to provide interstate telehealth services to patients in this state, a health care practitioner is subject to:
(1) The laws regarding the profession in this state, including jurisdiction of state courts to enforce the state’s laws regulating medical care in the state with service of process on the health care provider provided through the West Virginia Secretary of State, all professional rules and standards of conduct incorporated into the health care practitioner’s practice act, and the legislative rules of the registering board; and
(2) The jurisdiction of the board with which he or she registers to provide interstate telehealth services, including such board’s complaint, investigation, and hearing process.
(e) A health care professional who registers to provide interstate telehealth services pursuant to this section shall immediately notify the board where he or she is registered in West Virginia and of any restrictions placed on the individual’s license to practice in any state or jurisdiction.
(f) A person currently licensed in this state is not subject to the registration by shall practice telehealth in accordance with the provisions of this section and the rules promulgated thereunder.
ARTICLE 3. WEST VIRGINIA MEDICAL PRACTICE ACT.
§30-3-13a. Telemedicine practice; requirements; exceptions; definitions; rule-making.
ARTICLE 14. OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS.
§30-14-12d. Telemedicine practice; requirements; exceptions; definitions; rulemaking.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to permit a licensed health care professional from another to state to practice in this state through telehealth when registered with the appropriate West Virginia board.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.