Nathaniel Lacktman

Nathaniel Lacktman

Foley & Lardner LLP

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Missouri Governor Signs New Telemedicine Law

Missouri’s governor signed into law SB 579 (the “Act”), on June 8, 2016, establishing new telemedicine practice standards, including explicitly allowing a valid physician-patient relationship to be established via...more

8/25/2016 - New Legislation Patients Physicians Standard of Care Telemedicine

South Carolina Enacts New Telemedicine Law: What You Should Know

South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley signed the South Carolina Telemedicine Act (S.B. 1035) into law, on June 3, 2016, establishing new telemedicine practice standards in the Palmetto State. Prior to the Act, the controlling...more

8/11/2016 - Electronic Medical Records Electronic Prescribing Governor Haley Health Care Providers New Legislation Physicians Telehealth Telemedicine

CMS Proposes New Medicare Telehealth Coding Rules

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2017 on July 7, 2016. In it, CMS would require practitioners to use a new place of service (POS) code to...more

8/2/2016 - CMS Medicare MPFS Physician Fee Schedule Public Comment Telehealth Telemedicine

Florida’s Telehealth Advisory Council Appointed

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) announced, on July 27, 2016, the appointments of 13 representatives to the newly-created Florida Telehealth Advisory Council. The Telehealth Council was created through...more

8/1/2016 - Advisory Committee Governor Scott Health Care Providers Health Insurance Public Meetings Rate Parity Agreement Reimbursements Telehealth Telemedicine

Hospital Text Messaging Rules Placed on Hold by Joint Commission

The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals and other health care organizations, hit pause on its prior May 2016 announcement to allow secure text messaging in hospitals and other health care organizations. The use of...more

7/29/2016 - CMS Conditions of Participation (CoP) Data Security Health Care Providers Health Information Technologies HIPAA Hospitals Physicians Telehealth Text Messages

Rhode Island’s New Law Requires Health Plans Cover Telemedicine Services

Rhode Island marks the 31st state to enact a telemedicine commercial reimbursement statute. The Telemedicine Coverage Act (HB 7160B) was signed into law by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo on June 28, 2016, representing a...more

7/22/2016 - Health Care Providers Health Information Technologies Health Insurance New Legislation Physicians Reimbursements Telehealth Telemedicine

Alaska Enacts New Telemedicine Law: What Providers Should Know

Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed SB 74 into law on June 21, 2016, expanding the use of telemedicine in the Last Frontier state. Specifically, SB 74 removes Alaska’s previous in-state presence requirements for prescribing...more

7/14/2016 - Alaska Electronic Prescribing Governor Walker Health Insurance Mental Health New Legislation Physicians Standard of Care Telehealth Telemedicine

The State of Telehealth - Policy and Reimbursement Q&A

Foley Partner Nathaniel Lacktman, head of the firm’s telemedicine and virtual care practice, participated in a comprehensive Q&A discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the telehealth market with Healthcare...more

7/11/2016 - CMS Health Care Providers Health Insurance Hospitals Medical License Physicians Reimbursements Standard of Care Telehealth Telemedicine

Louisiana’s New Telemedicine Law Opens Doors, Removes Barriers

Louisiana’s governor signed into law, HB 570, (the “Act”), eliminating a prior requirement that physicians practicing telemedicine maintain an office in Louisiana or contract with in-state providers. The Act also changes the...more

6/30/2016 - Disclosure Requirements Electronic Prescribing Electronic Records Health Care Providers Informed Consent Medical Examiners New Legislation Physicians Standard of Care Telehealth Telemedicine Venue

New York Legislation to Require Payment Parity for Telehealth Services

New York introduced a new bill designed to ensure commercial health plans pay for telehealth services at the same rate the plans pay for in-person services. The legislation, SB 7953, comes on the heels of New York’s...more

6/15/2016 - Health Care Providers Health Insurance Proposed Legislation Reimbursements Telehealth Telemedicine

Why Arizona’s New Telemedicine Law Sends an Important Message

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill (S.B. 1363) into law, on May 17, 2016, requiring private health plans to pay for telemedicine services across the whole state rather than only services received in rural areas of the...more

6/6/2016 - Amended Legislation Health Care Providers Health Insurance Healthcare Reform Rate Parity Agreement Rural Areas Telehealth Telemedicine

Arkansas New Proposed Rules Allow Telemedicine Exams

Arkansas was ranked last among all states in a recent report by the American Telemedicine Association on telemedicine practice standards. Earlier this year, we reported on the Arkansas Board of Medicine’s plans to remedy its...more

5/12/2016 - American Telemedicine Association Physicians Proposed Amendments Proposed Regulation Public Hearing State Medical Board Telemedicine

Virginia Telehealth Law: What You Need to Know

Virginia has made strides to expand the telehealth offerings available to its residents and the Old Dominion took another step forward advancing telemedicine when it enacted a bill amending Virginia Code § 38.2-3418.16 to...more

4/14/2016 - Controlled Substances Data Security Electronic Medical Records Electronic Prescribing Health Care Providers Informed Consent Licensing Rules New Legislation Physicians State Medical Board Telehealth Telemedicine

West Virginia's New Telemedicine Practice Standards & Remote Prescribing Laws

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) signed into law, on March 24, 2016, a new bill (House Bill No. 4463) implementing a variety of telemedicine practice standards and remote prescribing rules in the Mountain State....more

4/5/2016 - Electronic Medical Records Electronic Prescribing Health Care Providers Health Information Technologies Informed Consent Medical License New Legislation Physicians Telehealth Telemedicine

Key Takeaways From Indiana's New Telemedicine Law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed into law, on March 21, 2016, a new bill (House Act No. 1263) implementing a variety of telemedicine practice standards and remote prescribing rules in the Hoosier State. Effective July 1,...more

3/30/2016 - Electronic Medical Records Electronic Prescribing Governor Pence Health Care Providers Health Insurance Informed Consent New Legislation State Medical Board Telehealth Telemedicine

Louisiana Telemedicine Practice Rules: What Providers Need to Know

Louisiana’s Board of Medical Examiners (the “Board”) enacted regulations in the fall amending the prior practice standards for telemedicine, the requirements for obtaining a telemedicine permit, and the rules on remote...more

3/22/2016 - Amended Regulation Controlled Substances Disclosure Requirements Electronic Medical Records Electronic Prescribing Health Care Providers Health Information Technologies Informed Consent Medical License Physicians Telehealth Telemedicine

DC Proposes New Telemedicine Rules: What You Need to Know

The District of Columbia Department of Health recently issued proposed rules that, if enacted, would constitute the first regulations on telemedicine practice standards in the nation’s capital. Other than a 2014 policy...more

3/17/2016 - Comment Period Data Privacy Data Security Electronic Medical Records Electronic Prescribing Health Care Providers Informed Consent Medical License Telehealth Telemedicine

Florida Passes New Telehealth Bill: Focus is Reimbursement

After several hard-fought years of unsuccessful attempts, the Florida Legislature on Friday passed a new bill designed to set the stage for telehealth commercial insurance coverage in the Sunshine State. This is a great step...more

3/17/2016 - Electronic Prescribing Health Care Providers Health Insurance Pending Legislation Reimbursements Telehealth Telemedicine

Medicare Payments for Telehealth Increased 25% in 2015: What You Need to Know

More good news on the telehealth reimbursement front: CMS reported its total 2015 payments for telehealth services under the Medicare program and it was a 25% increase over last year. This reflects how providers are...more

3/4/2016 - CMS Fee-for-Service Health Care Providers Medicare Physician Medicare Reimbursements Proposed Legislation Telehealth Telemedicine

Florida Expands Telemedicine Controlled Substance Prescribing

The Florida Board of Medicine recently met and voted to uphold a rule allowing controlled substances to be prescribed via telemedicine for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. This change has enormous potential to benefit...more

2/23/2016 - Amended Regulation Controlled Substances Electronic Prescribing Mental Health Physicians State Medical Board Telemedicine

Arkansas Prepares New Telemedicine Practice Rules

The Great State of Arkansas was ranked last among all states in a recent report by the American Telemedicine Association on telemedicine practice standards. The good news is the Arkansas Board of Medicine indicated plans to...more

2/18/2016 - Electronic Medical Records Electronic Prescribing Health Care Providers In-Person Exam Informed Consent Proposed Regulation State Medical Board Telemedicine

8 Tips for Navigating New Wisconsin Telemedicine Rules

The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board recently held a hearing to consider a proposed rule that, if enacted, would provide the first administrative requirements around the use of telemedicine services in Wisconsin....more

1/28/2016 - Electronic Medical Records Health Care Providers Physicians Proposed Regulation Standard of Care Telehealth Telemedicine

Will New Hampshire Offer Medicaid Telehealth Coverage?

A lonely sentence at the end of New Hampshire’s new telemedicine law could mean the Granite State will join 48 other states in offering Medicaid FFS coverage of telehealth services. Interestingly, the very end of the Act...more

12/22/2015 - CMS Fee-for-Service Health Care Providers Medicaid New Legislation Telehealth Telemedicine

2016 Will Be the Year of Telemedicine and ACOs

If 2015 was the year that brought telemedicine directly to consumers, 2016 will be the year of telemedicine and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). ACOs are expected to increase the use of telemedicine technologies as a...more

12/16/2015 - ACOs Alternative Payment Models (APM) CMS Medicare Medicare Shared Savings Program OIG Telemedicine

Consumerism Drives Employer & Retail Clinics' Telemedicine Adoption in 2016

In response to consumer demands for more personalized health care at a lower cost, employer onsite health clinics and retail clinics will continue to be on the rise in 2016, and telemedicine will be crucial to those clinics...more

12/11/2015 - Affordable Care Act CVS Employer Healthcare Costs Health Information Technologies Healthcare Costs Telemedicine

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