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Telemedicine – An Expanding Landscape

by Bryan Cave on

According to one recent survey, telemedicine services (i.e., remote delivery of healthcare services using telecommunications technology) among large employers (500 or more employees) grew from 18% in 2014 to 59% in 2016. ...more

Indiana Relaxes Telemedicine Rules as of July 1

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Indiana’s relaxed telemedicine rules went into effect July 1. Generally, under the new rules a prescriber (defined as a physician, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse, optometrist, or podiatrist) may prescribe...more

More Telemedicine Food for Thought: Exception Five to the Haight Act’s In-Person Examination Requirement

In our July 10, 2017 post regarding telemedicine prescribing, we wrote about the seven exceptions to the Haight Act’s requirement that a provider and patient have an-person visit before a prescriber/practitioner can prescribe...more

Giving Telemedicine More Room to Breathe: Recent and Pending State and Federal Actions in the World of Online Prescribing

On October 18, 2008, the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (the “Haight Act”) came into law as the federal government’s first attempt to address the public health risks associated with online...more

Indiana Reverses Course on Telemedicine Prescribing and Controlled Substances Laws

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Indiana has taken another step towards expanding the meaningful use of telemedicine in connection with clinical services and prescribing. HB 1337, signed by Governor Eric Holcomb and effective July 1, 2017, will allow...more

Texas Jumps on Board with Relaxed Telemedicine Practice Requirements

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Over the weekend, the Texas governor signed into law legislation which significantly relaxed Texas's previously restrictive telemedicine laws. (2017 Texas Senate Bill no. 1107)....more

Florida Board of Medicine to Hold Another Hearing on Telemedicine and Medical Marijuana Rules

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On August 4, 2017, the Florida Board of Medicine will hold a third public hearing to discuss its proposed amendment to Florida’s telemedicine practice rules regarding medical marijuana. The Board held two prior public...more

“Lone Star” Joins the Rest of Nation as Texas Passes New Telemedicine Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On May 12, 2017, the Texas State Legislature passed SB 1107, a law expanding the use of telemedicine in the Lone Star State. The bill is now on its way to Governor Abbot’s desk where he is expected to sign it into law....more

Texas Legislature Approves Bill Reducing Barriers for Telemedicine

by Jones Day on

The Texas legislature passed S.B. 1107 yesterday, May 18, 2017. The bill, negotiated with input from the Texas e-Health Alliance and various other stakeholder groups, expands options for health care providers utilizing...more

States Continue Trend to Reduce Telemedicine Barriers

In 2016 and now in early 2017, state legislatures and regulatory boards continue to enact laws and rules setting telemedicine practice standards. Such standards generally include clarifying the definition of telemedicine as...more

South Carolina Enacts New Telemedicine Law: What You Should Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Alaska Enacts New Telemedicine Law: What Providers Should Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Louisiana’s New Telemedicine Law Opens Doors, Removes Barriers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Telemedicine in the UAE

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Telemedicine is a product of 20th century information and communication technologies. It is generally defined as the provision of healthcare services from a healthcare professional to a patient from a remote location using a...more

Virginia Telehealth Law: What You Need to Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Key Takeaways From Indiana's New Telemedicine Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Louisiana Telemedicine Practice Rules: What Providers Need to Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

DC Proposes New Telemedicine Rules: What You Need to Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Florida Passes New Telehealth Bill: Focus is Reimbursement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

2016 Is Ramping Up For Telemedicine Developments

by Benesch on

Two months in and this year has already seen significant movement in regulatory action across the country to expand the ability to provide telemedicine services. Below please find some of the more significant items that have...more

Florida Expands Telemedicine Controlled Substance Prescribing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Arkansas Prepares New Telemedicine Practice Rules

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Telehealth

We previously reported on the case between Teladoc, Inc. and the Texas Medical Board (Board). The medical board issued regulations requiring doctors to see patients in person before prescribing medication. Teladoc sued the...more

Five Takeaways from North Dakota’s Proposed Telemedicine Rules

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The North Dakota Board of Medicine issued proposed regulations designed to move the Peace Garden State to the list of telemedicine-friendly states. The rules properly focus on the quality of care delivered, rather than the...more

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