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In early 2019, the Georgia Senate passed two bills addressing telehealth and telemedicine. Both bills address comprehensive healthcare reform in order to reduce costs, increase access, and enhance quality care for Georgia residents. Since 2006, the state of Georgia has addressed telehealth parity law, and continued to address the need and coordination of telehealth care. The most recent bills (Senate Bill 115 and Senate Bill 118) continue to demonstrate how Georgia legislature has updated and revised existing laws.
"The Medical Practice Act of the State of Georgia" (SB 115) became effective on July 1, 2019. SB 115 allows for the provision of telemedicine licenses for physicians licensed and located outside of Georgia to provide care to patients who are located within the state at the time of service. SB 115 adds a new Code that defines the requirements for a telemedicine license.
In order for a physician to be issued a telemedicine license from Georgia, the physician must:
- Hold a full and unrestricted license in a state other than Georgia
- Have a clean record of discipline and action by any other state or jurisdiction
- Meet the requirements established by the board pursuant to the Code in order to ensure patient safety.
In order to maintain the license, the following requirements must be met:
- Licensee cannot engage in practice while physically located in Georgia
- Notify the board immediately of any restrictions placed on license
- Comply with applicable Georgia laws regarding patient records and confidentiality, regardless of physical location of licensee
- Comply with all provision of the Code Section of SB 115
- Violation of Code is subject to telemedicine license revocation
The Georgia "Telehealth Act" (SB 118) became effective on January 1, 2020. An adaptation of Georgia's previous Telemedicine Act, SB 118 revises the definition of terms related to telemedicine (i.e. "distant site" and originating site") and clearly defines telehealth.
- The term "telehealth" means the use of various forms of technology - including telephones and remote monitoring devices - to support clinical health care, consultation, health related education, public health and health administration.
- The term "telemedicine" is a specific form of telehealth encompassing the delivery of clinical health care by real-time, two-way electronic communication by a provider who is legally allowed to practice in Georgia.
In addition, the Telehealth Act increases reimbursement opportunities and patient participation in telehealth. The bill requires that insurers cover telehealth and telemedicine services, while specifying that insurers cannot require that services are provided by telemedicine.
With the passage and effective dates of SB 115 and SB 118, the Georgia state Senate improved their telehealth laws to reflect new terminology, create more opportunities for health care for state residents, and broaden insurance coverage for services provided from a distance.
Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors, who provide telemental health services in Georgia, should be aware of Georgia’s Telemental Health Rule which requires at least a 6 hour CE training on telemental health counseling. We provide a course specifically to meet that rule.
Georgia Continuing Education for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6693. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
NBCC CE hours are accepted by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists.
Georgia Continuing Education for Social Workers
Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2021 – 05/02/2024.
ASWB CE hours are accepted by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.
Georgia Continuing Education for Addiction Professionals
Telehealth Certification Institute is an approved provider of continuing education by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, provider #193104. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.
NAADAC CE hours are accepted by the Georgia Addiction Counselor Association and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia
Georgia Continuing Education for Psychologists
Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists accepts courses from any provider who is approved by the American Psychological Association.
Link to Your Licensing Board Website for Further Information on Your Continuing Education Requirements:
Georgia Addiction Counselor Association at 770-434-1000
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia at 770-825-0481
Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists at (478) 207-2440