Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
December 29, 1997
Will Meyer (866-4976)
TITLE: CONCERNING A REQUIREMENT FOR LICENSURE OF PHYSICIANS LAWFULLY PRACTICING MEDICINE IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION WHO PERFORM ACTS CONSTITUTING THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE ON PERSONS PHYSICALLY PRESENT IN COLORADO AT THE TIME SUCH ACTS ARE PERFORMED.
Summary of Assessment
The provisions of this bill would make changes to the definition of the “practice of medicine” for which Colorado licensure is required. The definition of the “practice of medicine” would include the act of holding oneself out to the public as being able to diagnose and treat diseases by the use of telemedicine or the interpretation of tests, images, or photographs. The bill would also limit the existing exemption for occasional Colorado practice by licensed non-Colorado physicians to situations in which the physician is not a Colorado resident, (is residing outside Colorado) at the time services are rendered. The bill would become effective July 1, 1998.
The provisions of this bill would give the Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners, Division of Registrations, Department of Regulatory Agencies, the ability to regulate the practice of telemedicine in Colorado. The provisions of this bill would not significantly affect the current number of applicants for licensure or the number of complaints. The provisions of the bill would have a minimal impact of the board and its staff and could be absorbed within their current resources. The provisions of this bill would not impact any other agency of the state, or unit of local government. Therefore, this bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.