New Jersey

CURRENT STATE LAWS & POLICY

AT A GLANCE

Medicaid Program

New Jersey Medicaid

Administrator

New Jersey Dept. of Human Services

Medicaid Reimbursement

Live Video: Yes 
Store-and-Forward: No
Remote Patient Monitoring:  No

Private Payer Law

Law Exists: Yes
Payment Parity: No

Professional Requirements

Licensure Compacts: PTC, NLC
Consent Requirements: Yes

Last updated 02/28/2021

Audio-Only Delivery

Medicaid: Teledentistry and Consultations

STATUS: Active, until further notice from Department

Last updated 02/28/2021

Cross-State Licensing

Div. of Consumer Affairs:  Press Release on telehealth and out-of-state licensing

STATUS: Active, until end of COVID-19 PHE

Department of Consumer Affairs:  Waives certain licensing rules

STATUS: Active, until end of emergency

Last updated 02/28/2021

Easing Prescribing Requirements

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Telehealth for Opioid Treatment Programs

STATUS: Active

Department of Consumer Affairs: Allows health care practitioners to utilize telemedicine encounters to meet prescribing requirements

STATUS: Active, until end of emergency

Last updated 02/28/2021

Miscellaneous

Office of Attorney General: Telemedicine Services for Those who qualify for medical marijuana

STATUS: Active, until end of NJ state of emergency or PHE

Department of Consumer Affairs:  Grants Alcohol and Drug Counselor Inters working in certain settings a CADC temporary certification allowing them to perform telehealth and telemedicine

STATUS: Active, until end of emergency

AB 4476: Guidance includes telehealth

STATUS: Passed Senate

S 2790:  Guidance includes telehealth

STATUS: Substituted

S 2467: Extends duration of telehealth COVID expansions

STATUS: Enacted

S 2556: Delays expiration of telehealth expansions

STATUS: Introduced

S 2448: Authorizes telehealth for Medical Cannabis

STATUS: Introduced

A 3961: Authorizes telehealth for Medical Cannabis

STATUS: Introduced

A 3910: Immunity

STATUS: Emergency Resolution

S 2283: COVID Testing

STATUS: Substituted

S 2289: Telehealth requirements

STATUS: Substituted

AB 3860: Telehealth Requirements

STATUS: Enacted

S 2333: Telehealth Immunity

STATUS: Enacted

Last updated 02/28/2021

Originating Site

No Reference Found

Last updated 02/28/2021

Private Payer

Department of Health: Telehealth COVID-19 FAQs

STATUS: Active

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services:  Guidance Regarding Telehealth for Behavioral Health Provider Agencies

STATUS: Active

Medicaid:  Temporary Adjustment to Allow Telehealth for Partial Care and Hospitalizations Services

STATUS: Active, until end of COVID-19 PHE

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services:  Telehealth for Screening Services

STATUS: Active

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services:  Guidance Utilization of Telehealth by Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service Providers

STATUS: Active, until further notice from Department

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Telehealth for Opioid Treatment Programs

STATUS: Active

Medicaid: Teledentistry and Consultations

STATUS: Active, until further notice from Department

Dep. of Banking and Insurance:  Bulletin on Telemedicine Coverage

STATUS: Active, until end of NJ state of emergency and PHE

Dep. of Banking and Insurance: Bulletin on Telemedicine for Personal Injury Protection Coverage

STATUS: Active, until end of NJ state of emergency and PHE

Office of Attorney General: Telemedicine Services for Those who qualify for medical marijuana

STATUS: Active, until end of NJ state of emergency or PHE

Div. of Consumer Affairs:  Press Release on telehealth and out-of-state licensing

STATUS: Active, until end of COVID-19 PHE

Department of Consumer Affairs: Allows health care practitioners to utilize telemedicine encounters to meet prescribing requirements

STATUS: Active, until end of emergency

Department of Consumer Affairs:  Grants Alcohol and Drug Counselor Inters working in certain settings a CADC temporary certification allowing them to perform telehealth and telemedicine

STATUS: Active, until end of emergency

Department of Consumer Affairs:  Waives certain licensing rules

STATUS: Active, until end of emergency

A 4124: Insurance coverage

STATUS: Introduced

AB 3843: Health Carrier and Medicaid Coverage

STATUS: Enacted

Provider Type

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services:  Guidance Regarding Telehealth for Behavioral Health Provider Agencies

STATUS: Active

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services:  Guidance Utilization of Telehealth by Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service Providers

STATUS: Active, until further notice from Department

Last updated 02/28/2021

Service Expansion

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services:  Guidance Regarding Telehealth for Behavioral Health Provider Agencies

STATUS: Active

Medicaid:  Temporary Adjustment to Allow Telehealth for Partial Care and Hospitalizations Services

STATUS: Active, until end of COVID-19 PHE

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services:  Telehealth for Screening Services

STATUS: Active

Medicaid: Teledentistry and Consultations

STATUS: Active, until further notice from Department

S 2233: Medicaid COVID testing

STATUS: Introduced

AB 3843: Health Carrier and Medicaid Coverage

STATUS: Enacted

Last updated 02/28/2021

Definitions

Telemedicine means the delivery of a health care service using electronic communications, information technology, or other electronic or technological means to bridge the gap between a health care provider who is located at a distant site and a patient who is located at an originating site, either with or without the assistance of an intervening health care provider.  Telemedicine does not include the use, in isolation, of audio-only telephone conversation, electronic mail, instant messaging, phone text or facsimile transmission.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.30:4D-6K(e) – cites: NJ Statute C.45:1-61. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Telehealth is defined as the use of electronic communication technologies to support clinical health care, provider consultation, patient and professional health-related education, public health, health administration and other services. Telemedicine and telehealth are often used interchangeably but telemedicine, a subset of telehealth, is considered the clinical application of electronic technology to provide long distance clinical health services. Telehealth is the broader application of communication technology, beyond clinical diagnostics and patient monitoring and shall be used throughout this newsletter to refer to both telemedicine and telehealth services.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter Vol. 28, No. 17, Sept. 2018. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Email, Phone & Fax

Telephones, facsimile machines, and electronic mail systems do not meet the definition of an interactive telecommunications system. Sessions may not be recorded.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter Vol. 28, No. 17, Sept. 2018, p. 2 (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Telemedicine does not include the use, in isolation, of audio-only telephone conversation, electronic mail, instant messaging, phone text or facsimile transmission.

Telehealth includes the use of telephones.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.45:1-61. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Live Video

POLICY

The State Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare programs shall provide coverage and payment for health care services delivered to a benefits recipient through telemedicine or telehealth, on the same basis as, and at a provider reimbursement rate that does not exceed the provider reimbursement rate that is applicable, when the services are delivered through in-person contact and consultation in New Jersey.  Reimbursement payments under this section may be provided either to the individual practitioner who delivered the reimbursable services, or to the agency, facility, or organization that employs the individual practitioner who delivered the reimbursable services, as appropriate.

The State Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare programs may limit coverage to services that are delivered by participating health care providers, but may not charge any deductible, copayment, or coinsurance for a health care service, delivered through telemedicine or telehealth, in an amount that exceeds the deductible, copayment, or coinsurance amount that is applicable to an in-person consultation.

The commissioner will apply for a State Plan amendment as necessary to implement this.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.30:4D-6k. (Accessed Feb. 2021).


ELIGIBLE SERVICES/SPECIALTIES

The offsite provider is responsible for determining that the billable service meets all required standards of care. If the provider cannot meet that standard of care via telehealth, the provider shall notify the patient to seek a face-to-face appointment. When a physical evaluation is required, the telehealth provider may utilize an individual licensed to provide physical evaluations (e.g. RN) who is onsite.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter Vol. 28, No. 17, Sept. 2018, p. 2 (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Psychiatric Services

Telepsychiatry may be utilized by mental health clinics and/or hospital providers of outpatient mental health services to meet their physician related requirements including but not limited to intake evaluations, periodic psychiatric evaluations, medication management and/or psychotherapy sessions for clients of any age.

Before any telepsychiatry services can be provided, each participating program must establish policies and procedures, regarding elements noted in the newsletter, such as confidentiality requirements, technology requirements and consent.

Mental health clinics and hospital providers are limited to billing for services permitted by the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter. Vol. 23, No. 21, December 2013. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

For the Screening and Outreach Program, the psychiatric assessment maybe completed through the use of telepsychiatry, provided that the screening service has a Division-approved plan setting forth its policies and procedures for providing a psychiatric assessment via telepsychiatry that meets the following criteria (see regulation).

SOURCE: NJAC 10:31-2.3. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

A provider may use interactive, real-time, two-way audio in combination with asynchronous store-and-forward technology, without video communication, if the provider has determined that the provider is able to meet the accepted standard of care provided if the visit was face-to-face.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter Vol. 28, No. 17, Sept. 2018, p. 2. (Accessed Feb. 2021).


ELIGIBLE PROVIDERS

  • Psychiatric Services
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse

The practitioner may be offsite but must be a practitioner currently licensed to practice within the State of New Jersey.  When consumers receiving telepsychiatry services are under the care of a multidisciplinary treatment team, the psychiatrist or psychiatric APN providing telepsychiatry services must have regular communication with them and be available for consultation.

The clinician cannot bill for services directly.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter. Vol. 23, No. 21, December 2013. (Accessed Feb. 2021).


ELIGIBLE SITES

For the provision of services, providers are expected to follow the same rules they would follow if the patient visit was face-to-face. This includes instances when a license is for an entity such as an independent clinic. This license is for a specific address and is not tied to specific personnel. In this instance, the service may only be billed when provided at the address listed on the license. When billed by the clinic, the service provider (for example a physician) may provide services from a remote location but the patient must receive those services while physically present at the independent clinic (licensed location). Independent practitioners have a person specific license that is not tied to a specific address. Services billed by independent practitioners do not have location restrictions. The patient and/or the provider may be at any location as long as the provider is licensed to practice in New Jersey.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter Vol. 28, No. 17, Sept. 2018, p. 2 (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Psychiatric Services

A patient must receive services at the mental health clinic or outpatient hospital program and the mental health clinic/hospital must bill for all services under their Medicaid provider number. The clinician cannot bill for services directly.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter. Vol. 23, No. 21, December 2013 (Accessed Feb. 2021).


GEORAPHIC SITES

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FACILITY/TRANSMISSION FEE

All costs associated with the provision of telehealth services, including but not limited to the contracting of professional services and the telecommunication equipment, are the responsibility of the provider and are not directly reimbursable by NJFC.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter Vol. 28, No. 17, Sept. 2018, p. 4 (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Miscellaneous

See Newsletter for specific documentation, prescribing and technology requirements, as well as requirements to meet the standard of care as a traditional face-to-face visit.

A mental health screener, screening service, or screening psychiatrist subject to the provisions of P.L.1987, c.116 (C.30:4-27.1 et seq.) shall not be required to obtain a separate authorization in order to engage in telemedicine or telehealth for mental health screening purposes, and shall not be required to request and obtain a waiver from existing regulations, prior to engaging in telemedicine or telehealth.

An initial face-to-face visit is not required to establish a provider-patient relationship. The provider must review and be familiar with the patient’s history and medical records, when applicable, prior to the provision of any telehealth services.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter Vol. 28, No. 17, Sept. 2018, p. 3-4 (Accessed Feb. 2021).

New Jersey’s Medicaid program consists of five managed care health plans. Individual telehealth policies may vary between health plans.

SOURCE: NJ Medicaid & Managed Care.  Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services.  (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Psychiatric Services

If a physical evaluation is required as part of a psychiatric assessment, the hosting provider must have a registered nurse available to complete and share the results of the physical evaluation.

NJ Medicaid does not reimburse for any costs associated with the provision of telepsychiatry services including but not limited to the contracting of professional services and the telecommunication equipment are the responsibility of the provider and are not directly reimbursable by New Jersey Medicaid.

Additional requirements are listed in the telepsychiatry memo.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter. Vol. 23, No. 21, December 2013. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Out of State Providers

A psychiatrist or psychiatric APN may be off-site, but must be licensed in the State of New Jersey.

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter. Vol. 23, No. 21, December 2013. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Overview

New Jersey Medicaid reimburses for live video and remote patient monitoring under certain circumstances. Store-and-forward is not explicitly included in reimbursement; however, it could be covered within the definition of telemedicine. Individual Medicare managed care plans may have their own individual policies regarding telehealth and telemedicine.

Last updated 02/28/2021

Remote Patient Monitoring

POLICY

Insurers and NJ Medicaid must provide reimbursement for telemedicine or telehealth on the same basis as, and at a provider reimbursement rate that does not exceed the provider reimbursement rate that is applicable, when services are delivered through in-person contact and consultation. Remote patient monitoring is included within definition of telehealth.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.30:4D-6k. (Accessed Feb. 2021).


CONDITIONS

No Reference Found


PROVIDER LIMITATIONS

No Reference Found


OTHER RESTRICTIONS

No Reference Found

Last updated 02/28/2021

Store and Forward

POLICY

“Asynchronous store and forward technology” is defined as the acquisition and transmission of a patient’s medical information either to, or from, an originating site to the provider at the distant site, where the provider can review the information without the patient being present. Information includes transmission of images, diagnostics, data and other information necessary to the medical process.

A provider may use interactive, real-time, two-way audio in combination with asynchronous store-and-forward technology, without video communication, if the provider has determined that the provider is able to meet the accepted standard of care provided if the visit was face-to-face. The interactive audiovisual equipment must provide for two-way communication at a minimum bandwidth of 384 kbps (kilobits per second).

SOURCE: NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Newsletter Vol. 28, No. 17, Sept. 2018. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Insurers and NJ Medicaid must provide reimbursement for telemedicine or telehealth on the same basis as, and at a provider reimbursement rate that does not exceed the provider reimbursement rate that is applicable, when services are delivered through in-person contact and consultation. Store-and-forward is not explicitly included, but could fit into these definitions.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.30:4D-6k. (Accessed Feb. 2021).


ELIGIBLE SERVICES

No Reference Found


GEOGRAPHIC LIMITS

No Reference Found


TRANSMISSION FEE

No Reference Found

Last updated 02/28/2021

Definitions

Telemedicine means the delivery of a health care service using electronic communications, information technology, or other electronic or technological means to bridge the gap between a health care provider who is located at a distant site and a patient who is located at an originating site, either with or without the assistance of an intervening health care provider.  Telemedicine does not include the use, in isolation, of audio-only telephone conversation, electronic mail, instant messaging, phone text or facsimile transmission.

Telehealth means the use of information and communications technologies, including telephones, remote patient monitoring devices or other electronic means to support clinical health care, provider consultation, patient and professional health related education, public health, health administration and other services.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.26:2S-29(e) & NJ Statute C.45:1-61. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Parity

SERVICE PARITY

Insurers must provide coverage and payment for health services delivered through telemedicine or telehealth on the same basis as when the services are delivered through in-person contact and consultation.

A health care plan is not prohibited from providing coverage only for services that are medically necessary, subject to the terms and conditions of the plan.

A health care plan may not require a covered person to use telemedicine or telehealth in lieu of receiving an in-person service from an in-network provider.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.26:2S-29. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

The above also applies to contracts purchased by the State Health Benefits Commission and the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.52:14-17.29w & C.52:14-17.46.6h (Accessed Feb. 2021).


PAYMENT PARITY

Reimbursement must be made for health care services delivered through telemedicine or telehealth, on the same basis as, and at a provider reimbursement rate that does not exceed the provider reimbursement rate for in-person contact.

A health care plan may limit coverage to services that are delivered by health care providers in a plan’s network, but may not charge any deductible, copayment, or coinsurance for a health care service in an amount that exceeds the deductible, copayment, or coinsurance amount that is applicable to an in-person consultation.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.26:2S-29. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

The above also applies to contracts purchased by the State Health Benefits Commission and the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.52:14-17.29w & C.52:14-17.46.6h (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Requirements

A carrier that offers a health benefits plan shall provide coverage and payment for health care services delivered to a covered person through telemedicine or telehealth, on the same basis as, and at a provider reimbursement rate that does not exceed the provider reimbursement rate that is applicable, when the services are delivered through in-person contact and consultation.  Reimbursement payments under this section may be provided either to the individual practitioner who delivered the reimbursable services, or to the agency, facility, or organization that employs the individual practitioner who delivered the reimbursable services, as appropriate.

A carrier may limit coverage to services that are delivered by health care providers in the health benefits plan’s network, but may not charge any deductible, copayment, or coinsurance for a health care service, delivered through telemedicine or telehealth, in an amount that exceeds the deductible, copayment, or coinsurance amount that is applicable to an in-person consultation.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.26:2S-29. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Cross State Licensing

Must be licensed in the State of New Jersey. Subject to New Jersey jurisdiction if either the patient or the provider is located in NJ at the item services are provided.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.45:1-62(2)(b). (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Recently Adopted Rule

A social worker must hold a license or certificate issued by the Board if he or she:

Is located in New Jersey and provides health care services to any client located in or out of New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth; or

Is located outside of New Jersey and provides health care services to any client located in New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth.

SOURCE: NJ Administrative Code 13:44G-15.1. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Recently Adopted Rule

A practicing psychologist must hold a license issued by the Board if he or she:

  • Is located in New Jersey and provides psychological services to any client located in or out of New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth; or
  • Is located outside of New Jersey and provides psychological services to any client located in New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth.

SOURCE: NJ Administrative Code 13:42-13.1. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Recently Adopted Rule

A physical therapist or physical therapist assistant must hold a license issued by the Board if he or she:

  • Is located in New Jersey and provides health care services to any patient located in or out of New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth; or
  • Is located outside of New Jersey and provides health care services to any patient located in New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth.

SOURCE: NJ Administrative Code 13:39A-10.1. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Recently Adopted Rule

An audiologist and/or speech language pathologist must hold a license issued by the Committee if he or she:

  • Is located in New Jersey and provides health care services to any patient located in, or out of, New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth; or
  • Is located outside of New Jersey and provides health care services to any patient located in New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth.

SOURCE: NJ Administrative Code 13:44C-11.1. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Recently Adopted Rule

A nurse must hold a license issued by the Board if he or she:

  • Is located in New Jersey and provides health care services to any patient located in or out of New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth; or
  • Is located outside of New Jersey and provides health care services to any patient located in New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth.

SOURCE: NJ Administrative Code 13:37-8A.1. (Accessed  Feb. 2021).

Recently Adopted Rule

An acupuncturist must hold a license issued by the Board if he or she:

Is located in New Jersey and provides health care services to any patient located in or out of New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth; or

Is located outside of New Jersey and provides health care services to any patient located in New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth.

SOURCE: NJ Administrative Code 13:35-9.21. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Recently Adopted Rule

A genetic counselor must hold a license issued by the Committee if he or she:

Is located in New Jersey and provides health care services to any patient located in or out of New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth; or

Is located outside of New Jersey and provides health care services to any patient located in New Jersey by means of telemedicine or telehealth.

SOURCE: NJ Administrative Code 13:35-14.19. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Definitions

Telemedicine means the delivery of a health care service using electronic communications, information technology, or other electronic or technological means to bridge the gap between a health care provider who is located at a distant site and a patient who is located at an originating site, either with or without the assistance of an intervening health care provider.  Telemedicine does not include the use, in isolation, of audio-only telephone conversation, electronic mail, instant messaging, phone text or facsimile transmission.

Telehealth means the use of information and communications technologies, including telephones, remote patient monitoring devices or other electronic means to support clinical health care, provider consultation, patient and professional health related education, public health, health administration and other services.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.45:1-61. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Licensure Compacts

Member of Nurse Licensure Compact. (Partial Implementation)

SOURCE:  NCSBN, Nurse Licensure Compact, (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Member of the Physical Therapy Compact.

SOURCE: Compact Map. Physical Therapy Compact. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Miscellaneous

Each telehealth or telemedicine organization operating in the State shall annually register with the Department of Health and submit an annual report.  See statute for details.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.45:1-64. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

The Telemedicine and Telehealth Review Commission shall review information reported by telemedicine and telehealth organizations and make recommendations to improve the effectiveness and quality of telemedicine and telehealth services provided by New Jersey.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.45:1-65. (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Statutory Telehealth Practice Standards for Health Care Providers

Telemedicine services shall be provided using interactive, real-time, two-way communication technologies.

A health care provider engaging in telemedicine or telehealth may use asynchronous store-and-forward technology to allow for the electronic transmission of images, diagnostics, data, and medical information; except that the health care provider may use interactive, real-time, two-way audio in combination with asynchronous store-and-forward technology, without video capabilities, if, after accessing and reviewing the patient’s medical records, the provider determines that the provider is able to meet the same standard of care as if the health care services were being provided in person.

See statute for additional telemedicine/telehealth practice standards.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.45:1-62(c)(2). (Accessed Feb. 2021).

A mental health screener, screening service, or screening psychiatrist subject to C.30:4-27.1:

  • Shall not be required to obtain a separate authorization in order to engage in telemedicine or telehealth for mental health screening purposes; and
  • Shall not be required to request and obtain a waiver from existing regulations, prior to engaging in telemedicine or telehealth.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.45:1-62(f). (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Online Prescribing

The prescription of Schedule II controlled substances through telemedicine or telehealth is authorized only after an initial in-person examination, and subsequent in-person visit with the patient is required every three months for the duration of prescription.  Does not apply when prescribing stimulant which is a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance for use by a minor under the age of 18 provided the health care provider is using interactive, real-time, two-way audio and video technologies when treating the patient and the health care provider has obtained written consent for the waiver of these in-person examination requirements from the minor patient’s parent or guardian.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.45:1-62(e). (Accessed Feb. 2021).

A provider patient relationship shall include:

  • Properly identifying the patient, using at minimum the patient’s name, date of birth, phone number, and address.
  • Disclosing and validating the provider’s identity and credentials, such as license, title, specialty, and board certifications.
  • Review of patient’s medical history and available medical records, prior to initiating contact and initial encounter.
  • Determining whether the provider will be able to meet the same standard of care as care provided in-person, using telehealth or telemedicine, prior to initiating contact, for each unique patient encounter.

See statute for exceptions.

SOURCE: NJ Statute C.45:1-63(3). (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Last updated 02/28/2021

Professional Board Standards

Orthotics and Prosthetics Board of Examiners

SOURCE: 51 NJR 13:44H-11.1.  (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners

SOURCE: 51 NJR 13:34D-8.  (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Genetic Counseling

SOURCE: 51 NJR 13:35-14.22.  (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Acupuncture Examining Board

SOURCE: 51 NJR 13:35-9.21 through 9.28.  (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Board of Nursing

SOURCE: 51 NJR 13:37-8A.  (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

SOURCE: 51 NJR 13:44C-11.  (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Board of Physical Therapy

SOURCE: 51 NJR 13.39A-10.  (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Board of Psychological Examiners

SOURCE: 51 NJR 13:42-13.  (Accessed Feb. 2021).

Board of Social Work

SOURCE: 51 NJR 13:44G-15.  (Accessed Feb. 2021).