Iowa Supreme Court says portions of the Iowa Board of Medicine’s rule, not consistent with standards of medical practice, place an unconstitutional burden on a woman’s exercise of her constitutional rights to an abortion.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. Iowa Board of Medicine, No. 14-1415, filed June 19, 2015

The Iowa Supreme Court,

The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM), at its April 3, 2015 meeting, approved a final rule setting forth disciplinary standards applicable to physicians who use telemedicine in diagnosing and treating patients located in Iowa.

That rule also includes standards and prohibitions that all physician licensees must comply with in providing patient care whether by telemedicine

UPDATE: Subsequent to this post the IBM has adopted the Telemedicine Rule. See our page dedicated to Telemedicine for all related articles, including our most current post.

The Iowa Board of Medicine Amends Its Proposed Telemedicine Rule – Final Adoption Slated for the IBM’s April 3 Pubic Meeting

The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) has

Iowa Board of Medicine to adopt a final telemedicine disciplinary rule in April – House Energy and Commerce Committee considers legislation to expand Medicare recognition of telemedicine – IBM pursues Interstate Medical Licensure by Compact to, among other things, facilitate telemedicine practice in Iowa

The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) has reviewed public comments received

Iowa Board of Medicine’s proposed telemedicine rule has been filed – hearing and public comments set for January 15

At its December meeting, the Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) voted to formally file its proposed rule establishing standards of practice for physicians who use telemedicine. A public hearing on the proposed rule will be held

The October 24, 2014 posting (last in this series) addresses practical considerations for physicians using telemedicine, in meeting several of the proposed rule’s requirements as well as the proposed rule’s specific requirements re: financial interests, links to internet sites, prohibited relationships with preferred pharmacies, and prohibited internet transactions for prescribing controlled substances.

Requirements (standards) for

The October 23, 2014 post addresses the proposed rule’s requirement for disclosures and functionality of telemedicine services and other provisions of the proposed rule that may be less the responsibility of physicians who use telemedicine and more the responsibilities of entities that purchase, offer and maintain telemedicine equipment and services.

Disclosures and functionality of telemedicine

This October 22, 2014 posting addresses the proposed telemedicine rule’s requirement that physicians using telemedicine must personally assess the education, training, experience and abilities of each non-physician health care provider who requires physician supervision.

Non-physician health care providers requiring physician supervision – qualifications and scope – electronic availability of the physician

Proposed rule 653-13.11(9)


Medical history and physical examination – requirements – internet questionnaires not adequate. 

Proposed rule 653-13.11(8) Medical history and physical examination.

Proposed rule 653-13.11(20) Circumstances when a physician may not personally examine a patient.

Proposed rule 653-13.11(22) Medications or treatment regimens that can only be administered by a physician.

Summary. A physician licensee using telemedicine shall

This October 18, 2014 posting addresses the proposed telemedicine rule’s requirement that a physician-patient relationship be established prior to providing medical services via telemedicine.

Physician-patient relationship required before providing medical care via telemedicine.

Proposed rule 653-13.11(7) Physician-patient relationship

Proposed rule 653-13.11(20) Circumstances when a physician may not personally examine a patient

Summary. Physician licensees