The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Michael Siebert
UM Community News Service 

Bill would regulate telemedicine practices


Freddy Monares/UM Community News Service.

Rep. Kirk Wagoner, R-Montana City, listens last week to a question from a Senate committee about House Bill 389.

With long distances between cities and frequent weather-related travel difficulties, it can often be hard to access medical services in Montana. Because of this, more patients are meeting with doctors remotely, through the practice of telemedicine.

House Bill 389, introduced by Rep. Kirk Wagoner, R-Montana City, places regulations on telemedicine, a practice in which doctors communicate with patients remotely through video or audio chat.

"The main purpose behind this bill is to put some sideboards on the practice of telemedicine in Montana, to help Montanans," Wagoner said.

The bill would...

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