Chapter 2016-240, Laws of Florida provides language creating the Telehealth Advisory Council. The Council consists of 15 members including Justin Senior, Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency), who serves as the chair, and Dr. Celeste Philip, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health. The Council is charged to make recommendations intended to increase the use and accessibility of services provided via telehealth. A report of these recommendations must be submitted to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by October 31, 2017.

This provision of law also required the Agency, the Department of Health, and the Office of Insurance Regulation to survey health care facilities, practitioners, and health insurers on the status and scope of telehealth activities in the state. The Agency was required to compile and submit a report of the survey findings to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House by December 31, 2016.

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