Summary

To amend title 10, United States Code, to expand the State licensure exception for certain health-care professionals, and for other purposes. Read More

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This bill was introduced on May 11, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to expand the State licensure exception for certain health-care professionals, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Servicemembers' Telemedicine and E- Health Portability Act of 2011'' or the ``STEP Act''.

SEC. 2. SENSE OF CONGRESS.

It is the sense of Congress that-- (1) the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs need to renew and improve efforts to reach out to rural America, which has less access to care; (2) behavioral health services for active duty members of the Armed Forces, members of the reserve components, members of the National Guard, and veterans need to be more easily and readily accessible; and (3) medical records and records of deployment need a ``warm transition'' and better collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

SEC. 3. EXPANSION OF STATE LICENSURE EXCEPTION FOR CERTAIN HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS.

(a) In General.--Section 1094(d) of title 10, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1)-- (A) by inserting ``at any location'' before ``in any State''; and (B) by striking ``regardless'' and all that follows through the end and inserting ``regardless of where such health-care professional or the patient are located, so long as the practice is within the scope of the authorized Federal duties.''; and (2) in paragraph (2), by striking ``member of the...

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Servicemembers' Telemedicine and E-Health Portability Act of 2011 or STEP Act - Authorizes the Secretary of Defense (DOD) to allow certain licensed health-care professionals to provide care to members of the Armed Forces at any location and regardless of where the professional or patient are located, so long as the practice is within the scope of authorized federal duties. Includes among authorized health-care professionals civilian DOD employees, DOD personal service contractors, or other health-care professionals credentialed and privileged at a federal health care institution or location specially designated by the Secretary for such purpose. Requires a report from the Secretary to Congress on plans to develop and expand programs to use new Internet and communication technologies, including telemedicine, telehealth care services, and telebehavioral health programs, to improve patient access to care and resources. http://capwiz.com/himss/issues/bills/?bill=49959511

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Bill Summary

To amend title 10, United States Code, to expand the State licensure exception for certain health-care professionals, and for other purposes.

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