Effective October 9, 2016, Texas physicians relying on call coverage arrangements to provide services (including through telemedicine) must comply with a new Medical Board rule that includes entering into a call coverage agreement. The new rule sets out specific components of the call coverage arrangement given whether the coverage relationship is reciprocal, including, in the case of non-reciprocal arrangements, that the agreement must: (i) be in writing, (ii) identify all physicians that may provide the call coverage, (iii) require the covering physician to have access to necessary patient medical records, and (iv) require the covering physician to provide certain reports to the requesting physician.

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