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      RS 22:1841     




§1841. Definitions

             For purposes of this Subpart, the following definitions apply:

            (1) "Health coverage plan" means any hospital, health, or medical expense insurance policy, hospital or medical service contract, employee welfare benefit plan, contract, or other agreement with a health maintenance organization or a preferred provider organization, health and accident insurance policy, or any other insurance contract of this type in this state, including a group insurance plan, a self-insurance plan, and the Office of Group Benefits programs. "Health coverage plan" shall not include a plan providing coverage for excepted benefits as defined in R.S. 22:1061, limited benefit health insurance plans, and short-term policies that have a term of less than twelve months.

            (2) "Medication adherence management services" means the monitoring of a patient's conformance with the healthcare provider's medication plan with respect to timing, dosing, and frequency of medication-taking through electronic transmission of data in a remote patient monitoring services program.

            (3) "Platform" means the technology, system, software, application, modality, or other method through which a healthcare provider remotely interfaces with a patient when providing a healthcare service or procedure as a telemedicine medical service or telehealth healthcare service.

            (4) "Remote patient monitoring services" means the delivery of healthcare services using telecommunications technology to enhance the delivery of health care, including but not limited to all of the following:

            (a) Monitoring of clinical patient data such as weight, blood pressure, pulse, pulse oximetry, and other condition-specific data, such as blood glucose.

            (b) Medication adherence monitoring.

            (c) Interactive video conferencing with or without digital image upload.

            (5) "Telehealth" shall have the same meaning as defined in R.S. 40:1223.3 and may include audio-only conversations as provided for in R.S. 40:1223.3(5).

            (6) "Telemedicine" shall have the same meaning as defined in R.S. 37:1262, may be provided as described in R.S. 37:1271(B)(4), and may include audio-only conversations as provided for in R.S. 37:1271(B)(4)(b).

            Acts 2020, No. 276, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2021.

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