Telemedicine legislation headed to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s desk would, among other things, enable physicians to use telehealth technology to establish a doctor-patient relationship, ensure the same standards of care as an in-person visit, and ensure coverage and payment parity for private payers, state Medicaid and some other health plans.
With Christie’s expected signing of the bill, New Jersey will be one of the last states to formally adopt definitions of both telemedicine and telehealth and to set guidelines for their use.
The new law establishes telemedicine as a platform that uses interactive-real-time, two-way communication technologies. The bill also calls for the establishment of a seven-member Telemedicine and Telehealth Review Commission within six months of passage.