My name isXXXXX a licensed attorney and registered nurse. I am very happy to try and answer your question today. I would also like to take a moment to wish you every success in your business pursuits.
This is a great time to be delving into such waters. In fact, as you may already be aware, quite recently Arizona enacted the Telemedicine Reimbursement Parity Act, which is now the law of that state jurisdiction. I offer that comment as a general statement indicating what a favorable environment Arizona is to interested practitioners, patients and providers. More specifically, there are four statutes governing your specific circumstances. This is actually a real and unusual benefit, having an entire statutory chapter devoted to the specific topic of telemedicine, as only a minority handful of states address the topic so directly and provide statutory guidance. Otherwise, in the majority of state jurisdictions, one is pretty much left to guess. If you click on each of the following links, you will be taken directly to the laws:
Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 36-3601
Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 36-3602
Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 36-3603
Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 36-3604
That is the first step, simply reading the law.
Next, read the official word promulgated by the Arizona Medical Board (it is labeled perhaps a bit off as "Internet Prescribing", but this is the current authoritative word on the topic of telemedicine):
Finally, pose specific directions directly to the source:
Arizona Medical Board
That is it for the state law aspects of telemedicine, but you also astutely raise the issue of federal privacy law. One could devote literally months of years to reading the voluminous statutes, rules and regulations promulgated upon the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Pub.L. 104–191, 110 Stat. 1936. However, for some reasonably concise resources, I would love to point you toward the following item:
Telemedicine Office of the Future
This is a very nice PowerPoint presentation from a real world perspective. Plus, it is tailored to Arizona practice, which is very nice.
The crux of the matter is this. The law already sets forth the standards and expectations for the use, storage, dissemination, transmission, etc. of protected health information and has for many years. Nothing has changed in that regard, meaning there are no "special" or "unique" "telemedicine HIPAA laws". In other words, by compliant (just as one would for a traditional "brick and mortar" medical practice) and all will be well with a telemedicine center, too.
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Ben, J.D., R.N.