(a) Telemedicine shall not be utilized by an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) with respect to any patient in the absence of an APRN-patient relationship.
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(b) APRNs who utilize telemedicine shall, if such action would otherwise be required in the provision of the same service not delivered via telemedicine, ensure that a proper APRN-patient relationship is established which includes but is not limited to:
(1) Fully verifying and authenticating the location and, to the extent possible, identifying the requesting patient;
(2) Disclosing and validating the provider’s identity and applicable credential or credentials;
(3) Obtaining appropriate consents from requesting patients after disclosures regarding the delivery models and treatment methods or limitations, including informed consents regarding the use of telemedicine technologies as indicated in paragraph (b)(5) of this section;
(4) Establishing a diagnosis through the use of acceptable medical practices, as patient history, mental status examination, physical examination (unless not warranted by the patient’s mental condition), and appropriate diagnostic and laboratory testing to establish diagnoses, as well as identify underlying conditions or contra-indications, or both, to treatment recommended or provided;
(5) Discussing with the patient the diagnosis and the evidence for it, the risks and benefits of various treatment options;
(6) Ensuring the availability of the distant site provider or coverage of the patient for appropriate follow-up care; and
(7) Providing a written visit summary to the patient.
(c) Treatment and consultation recommendations made in an online setting, including issuing a prescription via electronic means, will be held to the same standards of appropriate practice as those in traditional (encounter in person) settings.
(d) The APRN treating a patient through telemedicine must maintain a complete record of the patient’s care which must follow all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations for recordkeeping, confidentiality, and disclosure to the patient.
(e) Telemedicine shall include, at such time as feasible and when appropriate, utilizing the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) in connection with the practice.
(f) Without a prior and proper patient-provider relationship, as provided in paragraph (b)(5) of this section, providers are prohibited from issuing prescriptions solely in response to an Internet questionnaire, an Internet consult, or a telephone consult.
(g) Prescriptions made through telemedicine and under an APRN-patient relationship may include controlled substances, subject to limitations as set by the Board.
(h) This section does not apply to any of the following:
(1) Informal consultation performed by a APRN outside the context of a contractual relationship and on an irregular or infrequent basis without the expectation or exchange of direct or indirect compensation;
(2) Furnishing of medical assistance by a APRN in case of an emergency or disaster if no charge is made for the medical assistance;
(3) Episodic consultation by a medical specialist located in another jurisdiction who provides such consultation services on request to a person licensed in this State.