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Risk Matters: Telemedicine

When practicing telemedicine, keep in mind that the medical services are being rendered at the patient’s location.  Therefore, the provider must: 

  1. be licensed in the state where the patient is located;
  2. be familiar with the standard of care in the patient’s location and comply with that standard of care; and
  3. be prepared to be sued in the patient’s location in the event of a claim.

SVMIC provides coverage for telemedicine services.  If you would like more information, please contact us at 800.342.2239 or

About The Author

Jeffrey A. Woods is the Director of Risk Education in the Risk Education and Evaluation Services Department at SVMIC. Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Martin and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Following graduation, he practiced law in Knoxville for almost 15 years, advising physicians and healthcare providers and defending them in malpractice claims. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee and all Federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Jeff joined SVMIC in 2003 and was a Senior Claims Attorney until 2015 when he transferred to his current position.

The contents of The Sentinel are intended for educational/informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Policyholders are urged to consult with their personal attorney for legal advice, as specific legal requirements may vary from state to state and/or change over time.

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