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Michigan PT/OT Telehealth

March 30, 2020

Emergency Orders

Medicaid Expansion of Telehealth

General Telehealth Law


"Health professional" means an individual who is engaging in the practice of a health profession.

"Prescriber" means that term as defined in section 17708.

"Telehealth" means the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support or promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health, or health administration. Telehealth may include, but is not limited to, telemedicine. As used in this subdivision, "telemedicine" means that term as defined in section 3476 of the insurance code of 1956, 1956 PA 218, MCL 500.3476.

"Telehealth service" means a health care service that is provided through telehealth.

Informed Consent

A health professional shall not provide a telehealth service without directly or indirectly obtaining consent for treatment. This section does not apply to a health professional who is providing a telehealth service to an inmate who is under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections and is housed in a correctional facility.


A health professional who is providing a telehealth service to a patient may prescribe the patient a drug if both of the following are met:

    • The health professional is a prescriber who is acting within the scope of his or her practice in prescribing the drug.
    • If the health professional is prescribing a drug that is a controlled substance, the health professional meets the requirements of this act applicable to that health professional for prescribing a controlled substance.

A health professional who prescribes a drug under subsection (1) shall comply with both of the following:

  • If the health professional considers it medically necessary, he or she shall provide the patient with a referral for other health care services that are geographically accessible to the patient, including, but not limited to, emergency services.
  • After providing a telehealth service, the health professional, or a health professional who is acting under the delegation of the delegating health professional, shall make himself or herself available to provide follow-up health care services to the patient or refer the patient to another health professional for follow-up health care services.


MCL 333.16283-86

Physical Therapy

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Occupational Therapy

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