Privacy and Telemedicine

The Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted to protect patient’s privacy and regulate healthcare operations and to ensure that physicians obtain consent prior to disclosure of confidential health information. All Extenders Group operations, administrative and clinical, are in accord with HIPAA guidelines.

For more information about HIPAA Privacy Rule, please visit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Telemedicine Regulations

The laws and regulations regarding using Telemedicine vary in each state. A clinical provider who treats a patient via telemedicine must be licensed in the state where the patient who is receiving the consultation is located. In some states, it is required that patients give written and verbal informed consent prior to receiving telemedicine consultations.

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Patient Freedom of Choice

All providers, including physicians, are required to abide by patients’ right to freedom of choice of providers.

For more information, please visit American Medical Association and the Social Security Administration.