Florida Telemedicine Policy

Telemedicine in Florida: Policies

There are no parity laws in Florida right now. All this means is that the state does not yet legally require private payers or Medicaid to cover telemedicine services the same way as in-person services. Currently, Florida Medicaid telehealth reimbursement covers live video (think secure videochat).

Medicaid: The state of Florida considers telemedicine “the use of telecommunication and/or information technology to provide clinical care to individuals at a distance, and transmit the information needed to provide care.”

Florida Telehealth

During the 2019 legislative session, Florida passed Chapter 2019-137, Laws of Florida, which establishes standards of practice for telehealth services, including patient evaluations, record-keeping, and controlled substances prescribing. The law also authorizes out-of-state health care practitioners to perform telehealth services for patients in Florida. Signed by the Governor on June 25, 2019, this law became effective on July 1, 2019.

Out-of-state health care practitioners must be registered with the Florida Department of Health to perform telehealth services for patients in Florida. To complete the application for registration, click the link labeled “Documents” at the bottom of the homepage. The out-of-state telehealth provider registration is for health care practitioners licensed outside of Florida ONLY. Florida licensees can already provide telehealth services to patients in Florida that they can treat in person.

State Policy Overview

  • Medicaid
  • Private Payers
  • Parity