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Bill Detail: HB24-1048

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Title Providing Veterinary Services Through Telehealth
Status Sent to the Governor (04/10/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Professions & Occupations
  • Telecommunications & Information Technology
House Sponsors M. Martinez (D)
K. McCormick (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Ginal (D)
B. Pelton (R)
House Committee Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/10/2024
Summary

Water Resources and Agriculture Review Committee. The bill
concerns the use of telehealth to provide veterinary services. The bill
defines different types of telehealth tools that can be used in a veterinary
practice.
In current law, one criterion for the establishment of a
veterinarian-client-patient relationship is that the veterinarian has
conducted an examination of the animal that is the patient. The bill
clarifies that the examination must be an in-person, physical examination.
The bill also extends the veterinarian-client-patient relationship to other
licensed veterinarians who share the same physical premises as the
veterinarian who established the relationship if the other veterinarians
have access to and have reviewed the patient's medical records.
The bill allows a licensed veterinarian who has established a
veterinarian-client-patient relationship to use telehealth to provide
veterinary services to clients and patients in Colorado with the consent of
the client. A licensed veterinarian may also refer a patient to a veterinary
specialist, who may provide veterinary services via telemedicine under
the referring veterinarian's veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
The bill authorizes the state board of veterinary medicine to
establish rules for the use of telehealth to provide veterinary services.
The bill clarifies that only a licensed veterinarian with an
established veterinarian-client-patient relationship may prescribe
medication using telemedicine.
The bill allows a licensed veterinarian who has established a
veterinarian-client-patient relationship to supervise veterinary personnel
who are not located on the same premises using telesupervision if the
veterinarian and the personnel are employees of the same veterinary
practice and the veterinary premises, the veterinary professionals or other
veterinary personnel, and the patient are all located in Colorado.
The bill establishes record-keeping, confidentiality, and privacy
requirements related to the use of telehealth.

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