Federal Air Surgeon Allows Telemedicine

On July 15, 2020, the Federal Air Surgeon’s office issued a directive from Dr. Berry that allows telemedicine appointments for first-time FAA psychiatric evaluations. In March, Dr. Berry allowed telemedicine appointments for followup visits, after at least one in-person visit. Before March, all visits with a HIMS psychiatrist had to occur in a doctor’s office.

The standards have been flexed because of the coronavirus and to minimize unnecessary travel of the pilot across the state or the country.

What’s in the Fine Print?

The practice of medicine in most states is defined as occurring where the client is, not where there the doctor’s office is located. In other words, your doctor needs to have a license at your location.

Where is Dr. Kirk licensed?

Dr. Kirk is licensed in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Licensing in other states is under consideration.