Florida to set physician registration costs for new out-of-state telehealth providers  

Jackie Drees - Print  | 

The Florida Board of Medicine will meet Aug. 2 to deliberate registration costs for out-of-state physicians who can now provide telehealth services to Florida residents, The Gainesville Sun reports.

Florida lawmakers recently passed the bill, which allows licensed providers outside of Florida to treat Florida residents through telehealth as long as the providers register with the state. Currently, in-state physicians pay a $350 application fee and $355 for their initial licenses, according to the report. However, out-of-state providers are not required to pay a fee.

The fees for out-of-state providers were supposed to be determined in a separate bill, but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed the legislation, which would have required the state's health department's medical boards to charge out-of-state telehealth providers $150 to register with Florida. He said the fees would have undersold efforts to provide a less costly model to deliver healthcare services, according to the report.

The Florida Medical Association, which represents physicians across the state, said it felt like the proposed $150 fee was "too low," the organization's general counsel Jeff Scott told the publication.

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