Last updated 08/20/2021
The parent or guardian of a student shall consent prior to the student receiving behavioral health services via telehealth under this chapter after a provider-patient relationship is established pursuant to this section. The school district shall maintain any such consent form completed by a parent or guardian.
SOURCE: IA Code Title VII Subtitle 6 Chapter 280A.3 & Senate File 2261 (2020 Session). (Accessed Aug. 2021).
Last updated 08/17/2021
Cross State Licensing
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Last updated 08/16/2021
Telecommunications and Technology Commission
“Telemedicine means use of a telecommunications system for diagnostic, clinical, consultative, data, and educational services for the delivery of health care services or related health care activities by licensed health care professionals, licensed medical professionals, and staff who function under the direction of a physician, a licensed health care professional, or hospital, for the purpose of developing a comprehensive, statewide telemedicine network or education.”
SOURCE: IA Admin. Code, 751 7.1(8D). (Accessed Aug. 2021).
Last updated 08/16/2021
Iowa provides a list of persons and entities authorized to use the fiber optic network to provide services via telemedicine. The list includes:
- Licensed health care professionals or licensed health care professionals who function under the direction of or collaboration with a physician or a hospital;
- Hospital or physician clinic staff members;
- Professional boards on which health professionals serve;
- Health care employees of facilities that do not have a contractual agreement with the hospital or physician clinic;
- Employees of health care associations for various health care employees;
- Professional board members where the health care professional serves as a member of the board.
SOURCE: IA Admin. Code, 751 7.11(8D). (Accessed Aug. 2021).
Recently Adopted Rule
A licensee may provide dietetic services to an individual or a group utilizing a telehealth visit if the dietetic services are provided in accordance with all the requirements of this chapter.
SOURCE: Iowa Administrative Code Section 645.81.17. (Effective March 3, 2021). (Accessed Aug. 2021).
An intern psychologist may also provide services via telehealth, to underserved populations, and to Medicaid members in the location of the intern psychologist’s placement, notwithstanding any change in the mental health professional shortage area designation of such location.
SOURCE: IA HF 891 (2021). (Accessed Aug. 2021).
A licensee under the purview of the board who provides treatment for the correction of malpositions of human teeth or the initial use of orthodontic appliances shall not begin orthodontic treatment on a new patient unless one of the following conditions is met:
- The licensee performs an initial in-person or teledentistry examination of the teeth and supporting structures of the new patient prior to beginning orthodontic treatment.
- The new patient provides the licensee with the portion of the dental record taken within the prior six months of an in-person or teledentistry examination of the teeth and supporting structures of the new patient prior to the licensee beginning orthodontic treatment.
SOURCE: HF 685 (2021). (Accessed Aug. 2021).
Last updated 08/17/2021
Pharmacists are prohibited from dispensing prescription drugs if the pharmacist knows or should have known that the prescription was issued solely on the basis of an Internet-based questionnaire, an Internet-based consult, or a telephone consult, and was completed without a pre-existing patient-provider relationship.
SOURCE: IA Admin. Code, 657 8.19(5). (Accessed Aug. 2021).
A physician must be physically present with a woman at the time an abortion-inducing drug is provided.
SOURCE: IA Admin. Code, 653 13.10(3) (Accessed Aug. 2021).
Prior to providing treatment, including issuing prescriptions, electronically or otherwise, a licensee who uses telemedicine shall interview the patient to collect the relevant medical history and perform a physical examination, when medically necessary, sufficient for the diagnosis and treatment of the patient. An Internet questionnaire that is a static set of questions provided to the patient, to which the patient responds with a static set of answers, in contrast to an adaptive, interactive and responsive online interview, does not constitute an acceptable medical interview and physical examination for the provision of treatment, including issuance of prescriptions, electronically or otherwise, by a licensee.
SOURCE: IA Admin. Code, 653 13.11(8) (Accessed Aug. 2021).
Specific requirements apply for mental health professionals establishing a provider-patient relationship in a school-based setting. See full law text for details.
A mental health professional with prescribing authority who provides telehealth services in accordance with this section shall not prescribe any new medication to a student during a telehealth session. However, a mental health professional with prescribing authority may initiate new prescriptions, alter the dosage of an existing medication, or discontinue an existing medication for the treatment of the student’s behavioral health condition after consultation with the student’s parent or guardian.
SOURCE: Senate File 2261 (2020 Session), IA Code Chapter 280A.4 & IA Admin Code 281.14.23, (Accessed Aug. 2021).