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Opposed by the Florida Medical Association, SB70, a bill that would have allowed physicians to charge Medicaid and other third-party payors for video-based consultations died in committee before the 2014 legislative session ended last week. The overriding issue, apparently, was the concern that non-Florida physicians would offer telemedicine services to Florida residents. The Miami Herald reports that senators worried “that allowing [out of state] doctors to practice without a Florida license would compromise patient safety and leaves patients with no recourse for malpractice.”

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