.05 Patient Evaluation.

A. A physician shall perform a patient evaluation adequate to establish diagnoses and identify underlying conditions or contraindications to recommended treatment options before providing treatment or prescribing medication.

B. A Maryland-licensed physician may rely on a patient evaluation performed by another Maryland-licensed physician if one physician is providing coverage for the other physician.

C. If a physician-patient relationship does not include prior in-person, face-to-face interaction with a patient, the physician shall incorporate real-time auditory communications or real-time visual and auditory communications to allow a free exchange of information between the patient and the physician performing the patient evaluation.