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The Telehealth Cost Wars

How to properly evaluate and weigh cost savings in health care has long been a controversial subject—perhaps nowhere more so than when technology-enabled health care is evaluated. A recent study is a case in point. The...more

Key Takeaways From FHA’s Health Law Summit

Foley recently co-hosted the Florida Hospital Association’s (FHA) 2017 Health Law Summit, which brought together more than 40 in-house attorneys and compliance officers from FHA member hospitals to discuss the current state...more

NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #2

This Week - Final arguments were heard Tuesday for litigation brought by Gov. Cooper (D) over the legality of legislation passed late last year creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement...more

Utah Provides Structure to Telehealth, Expands Access to Mental Health in Proposed Bill

Utah is one of the many states that started off 2017 with proposals to change its existing telehealth laws and regulations. Proposed Utah HB 154 (the Proposed Bill), endorsed by Ken Ivory and Allen Christensen, amends the...more

Texas to Take a Leap Forward in Telehealth – A Proposed Bill Drops the Controversial In-Person Evaluation Requirement

Texas telehealth requirements will significantly change in the near future if Texas Senate Bill 1107 is passed into law, which removes the controversial “face-to-face” or in-person consultation requirement to establish a...more

St. Jude Cybersecurity Vulnerability Extended to Provider-Owned Devices

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated a prior advisory revealing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in St. Jude Medical’s Merlin@home transmitter....more

Virtual Care Realities: Launching a Telehealth Initiative – Key Questions a Provider Should Address to Ensure Impact

Author’s note: Dorsey Health Strategies (DHS), a healthcare business consultancy founded by Dorsey & Whitney, offers a comprehensive array of business advisory and regulatory services to health industry clients; accordingly,...more

21st Century Cures: A Closer Look

On December 7, 2016, the US Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act, substantial legislation intended to accelerate “discovery, development and delivery” of medical therapies by encouraging biomedical research investment,...more

Looking Forward/Looking Backward – Day 1 Notes from the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference

A large amount of wind, much discussion about the U.S healthcare, and the public getting soaked again – if you were thinking about Washington, DC and the new Congress, you’re 3,000 miles away from the action. This is the week...more

The AHA’s Letter to Santa Claus

The American Hospital Association, after having been “nice” all year, penned its letter to Santa Claus with its wish list for Christmas. Its four page letter (actually addressed to President-Elect Donald Trump at 1717...more

Removing Barriers to Telehealth in Oklahoma: Increasing Access to Care and Improving Health Outcomes Across the State

Imagine that today is July 1, 2014, and you live in north Tulsa, a statistically poor area of the city. You receive health coverage through Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, SoonerCare, you have a terrible sore throat, and you...more

New ECHO Act Focuses on Integrating Telehealth Solutions into Healthcare Delivery

On December 14, 2016, President Obama signed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act (S. 2873) (the ECHO Act). The ECHO Act seeks to expand the use of health care technology and programming to connect underserved...more

Top 5 Takeaways from New Michigan Telehealth Law

Michigan is ringing in 2017 with a new telehealth law. Governor Rick Snyder signed into law SB 0753 on December 21, 2016, imposing new telehealth practice standards, including restrictions on prescribing controlled substances...more

Health Update - December 2016

Balancing Gene Therapy’s Promise and Price - Editor’s Note: Exciting advances in science have led to developing treatment breakthroughs, such as gene scripting therapies, that could represent the first potential cures...more

Telehealth for Healthy Competition

As providers look for more convenient and cost-effective means to reach patients, there has been much discussion about the potential benefits of telehealth services. Such services also are healthy from an antitrust...more

First Stand-Alone Telemedicine Legislation Close to Becoming Law

The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act (S.2873) was sent to the President for approval on December 8, 2016. The ECHO Act was passed by the House on December 6, 2016, and prior to that, by the Senate on November...more

2017 Medicare Telehealth Changes

The 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule finalizes the CMS changes for Telehealth reimbursement and coverage for 2017. The CMS fee schedule document also provides a comprehensive explanation of Medicare Telehealth...more

21st Century Cures: Required Exploration of Telehealth Solutions

President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act on December 13, 2016. The act encourages biomedical research investment and facilitates innovation review and approval processes, but also serves as a vehicle for a wide...more

Update on Recent Telehealth Legislation Activity

On November 29, 2016, the Senate passed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act, S. 2873 (the ECHO Act) in a 97-0 vote, which would require HHS to study and report on the use of telehealth services that connect...more

Congress Continues to Focus on Integrating Telehealth Solutions into Healthcare Delivery

On December 6, 2016, the House passed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act (S. 2873) (the ECHO Act), which was unanimously passed by the Senate on November 29, 2016. The ECHO Act seeks to expand the use of health...more

New POS Code for Telehealth Distant Site Providers

A new Place of Services or POS code for Telehealth services (POS 02) will go into effect on January 1, 2017. The descriptor for the code, which is for use by the physician or other clinician furnishing telehealth services...more

Bipartisan Legislation Proposes Telehealth Solutions for Effective Chronic Disease Management

Collaborative efforts between congressional offices and various health care stakeholders, as well as the feedback provided in response to the Bipartisan CHRONIC Care Working Group Policy Options Document released in December...more

CMS Finalizes CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, CMS issued a final rule (Final Rule) to update payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2017. In the...more

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Introduces Draft CHRONIC Care Bill

On October 27, 2016, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee released a discussion draft of a bill that seeks to improve treatment for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic illnesses, with an emphasis on increased payment for home...more

Commercial Insurers Urge Congressional Budget Office to Consider their Telemedicine Data

In hopes of expanding reimbursement opportunities for telemedicine services in the Medicare program, representatives of eleven payers, including Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Cambia Health Solutions and...more

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