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Mississippi Issues Minimum Standards of Operation for the Practice of Telemedicine

The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued “Minimum Standards of Operation Relative to the Practice of Telemedicine,” new regulations governing the provision of medical and other health services via telehealth. The regulations require that provider organizations offering telehealth services in Mississippi first register with the Department’s Office of Licensure and prescribe the registration form to be used. The standards and registration requirements apply to all providers/organizations that practice telehealth in Mississippi. “Telehealth” is defined under the Standards as “the use of technology to deliver healthcare[, including the provision of] telemedicine, mHealth, eHealth and Tele-Education.”

Practitioners must ensure that the standard of care maintained for telehealth encounters is consistent with the standard applicable to in-person care. Practitioners must also ensure that the equipment and technology used for the telehealth encounter are adequate to meet the in-person standard of care. 

Before a provider entity/organization can offer telehealth services in Mississippi, it must register with the Mississippi State Department of Health, using the Department’s Telemedicine Application for Registration. The Application requests information about the type of telehealth services offered and the providers that will perform the services. In addition, the registrant must provide proof of professional and general liability insurance and a copy of the Mississippi Secretary of State Business Services Form as evidence of the entity’s registration with the Secretary of State to conduct business in Mississippi.

The Application and all required documents must be submitted to the Mississippi State Department of Health, along with a check for $50. Registrations are valid for 24 months (from July 1 in the registration year through June 30 in the second year thereafter) and are renewable for successive 24-month terms. Registrations are not transferable; a change of ownership in the provider organization of more than 51% requires a new registration.

© 2022 Jones Walker LLPNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 281
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Kathryn Hester Litigation Attorney Jones Walker Law Firm
Special Counsel

Kathryn Hester is special counsel in the Litigation Practice Group. She focuses her practice on commercial disputes in state and federal courts and before Mississippi state agencies.

Kathryn advises and represents clients in litigation, healthcare administrative proceedings, estate challenges, zoning, and gaming law. She has served as adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law, where she taught a course in pre-trial practice. She is also a regular lecturer and writer on gaming and property issues for continuing legal education...

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