Are your telemedicine doctors compliant with the Outer Continental Shelf Land Act (OCSLA)? If you aren’t using Worldwide Telemedicine, then your answer may be no. We are one of the only telemedicine companies whose doctors are all licensed to practice medicine in all states along the Gulf Coast.
I’m Covered By Federal Maritime Law – Why is OCSLA Important to Me?
Well, the question is – are you sure you are covered? The Outer Continental Shelf Land Act refers to the area of submerged land 3 miles past the coast. The United States passed the OCSLA in 1953 so that they could govern incidents that take place on areas permanently or temporarily attached to the seabed – in other words, fixed platforms and rigs attached to the seafloor. If your platform is floating, then federal law applies. The only requirement for a telemedicine doctor to provide treatment or care is that he or she be licensed to practice medicine in one of the 50 states.
However, if your platform is attached to the seafloor within the OCSLA parameters – either permanently or temporarily – then state law applies. Which state’s laws? Imagine a line has been drawn from the state’s borders down into the Gulf. If your employee is injured on an attached rig in the Texas region, but the telemedicine doctor providing consultation and treatment is only licensed to practice in Louisiana, you could have a costly legal issue on your hands.
Licensing Along the Gulf Coast
At Worldwide Telemedicine, we are committed to providing you with the most comprehensive care and case management services available. Our goal is to save you both time and money by keeping your operations active. Everything we do is designed to ensure that your employees are safe and that you are in compliance with all industry regulations. We go the extra mile in licensing our physicians in each Gulf Coast state so that you have peace of mind knowing that you are covered – no matter what.