Compared To Other States, North Carolina’s Telemedicine Rules Are Less Restrictive

Telemedicine is a burgeoning industry that’s reshaping health care delivery, particularly in rural areas. After looking into telemedicine’s regulatory landscape, it looks like North Carolina’s telemedicine rules are less restrictive compared to other states. According to the state medical board and other resources:
  •  An initial patient-physician encounter can be established via telemedicine 
  • In-person follow up visits after a telemedicine encounter is not required.  
  • A patient does not need to be assisted by another health care provider when engaging in a telemedicine visit with a distant medical provider.  
  •  Physicians in North Carolina are allowed to prescribe medications for patients during a telemedicine visit.
  • There is no verbal or written consent required by the patient prior to, during, or after a telemedicine encounter with a physician.
  • Nurse practitioners and nurse midwives can also deliver patient care via telemedicine.

Want to know how providers can extend telemedicine’s reach even further? Read about it here.

Katherine Restrepo / Director Of Healthcare Policy

Katherine Restrepo is the Director of Healthcare policy at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the John Locke Foundation, she interned at the Cato Institute under the di...

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