10.32.05.02

.02 Definitions.

A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) Consultative Service.

(a) "Consultative service" means a service provided by a physician for the sole purpose of offering an expert opinion or advising the treating physician about an individual patient.

(b) "Consultative service" does not include:

(i) Decisions that direct patient care; or

(ii) Interpretation of images, tracings, or specimens on a regular basis.

(2) "Face-to-face" means within each other's sight and presence.

(3) "Group practice" means a group of two or more health care practitioners legally organized as a partnership, professional corporation, foundation, not-for-profit corporation, faculty practice plan, or similar association:

(a) In which each health care practitioner who is a member of the group provides substantially the full range of services that the practitioner routinely provides through the joint use of shared office space, facilities, equipment, and personnel;

(b) For which substantially all of the services of the health care practitioners who are members of the group are provided through the group and are billed in the name of the group, and amounts so received are treated as receipts of the group; and

(c) In which the overhead expenses of, and the income from, the practice are distributed in accordance with methods previously determined on an annual basis by members of the group.

(4) Interpretive Services.

(a) "Interpretive services" means official readings of images, tracings, or specimens through a telemedicine link.

(b) "Interpretive services" includes remote, real-time monitoring of a patient being cared for within a health care facility.

(5) "Notice of privacy practices" means a written statement that meets the:

(a) Requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996; and

(b) Standards found at 45 CFR §164.520, as amended.

(6) "Physician-patient relationship" means a relationship between a physician and a patient in which there is an exchange of individual, patient-specific information.

(7) "Real-time" means simultaneously or quickly enough to allow two or more individuals to conduct a conversation.

(8) "Telemedicine" means the practice of medicine from a distance in which intervention and treatment decisions and recommendations are based on clinical data, documents, and information transmitted through telecommunications systems.