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Telehealth Remains a Top Priority for Advancing Quality Health Care

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Even with the prospect of Obamacare repeal and replace on the backburner for now, the federal government continues to focus on health care. Following August recess, Congress will have less than four weeks to work through...more

New Jersey’s Telemedicine Law: What Providers Need to Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

New Jersey has a new telemedicine law, recently signed by Governor Chris Christie. The law cements the validity of telehealth services in the Garden State, establishes telemedicine practice standards, and imposes telehealth...more

OIG to Audit Medicare Telehealth Services: What You Need to Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For what may be the first time, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced a new project to review Medicare payments for telehealth services. Accordingly,...more

Telehealth & EHR Meaningful Use Payments—Expect Greater Scrutiny in Upcoming Medicare Audits

by Jones Day on

In July 2017, the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General ("OIG") revealed two new Work Plan items related to digital health: first, a review of Medicare incentive payments for...more

OIG Unveils New Work Plan Process: Assessing the Impact on Compliance Risk Assessment

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On June and July 17, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) released new Work Plan initiatives and, in doing so, announced its intent to update its Work Plan monthly, in lieu of a...more

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2018 Physician Fee Schedule

by King & Spalding on

On July 13, 2017, CMS proposed a rule (Proposed Rule) updating payment policies and rates, as well as the quality provisions, for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Among other provisions, the Proposed Rule reduces...more

Is Telemedicine Change Coming to Congress? The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 Among Several New Federal Bills

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Congress is reconsidering a nationwide telehealth coverage bill, named the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017, designed to introduce an incremental, though significant, expansion of coverage for telehealth services under...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

Round Two: Significant Telehealth Expansion Re-Proposed in Bipartisan Senate Bill

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On May 3, 2017, the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act of 2017 (S. 1016) (CONNECT Act of 2017) was reintroduced by the same six senators who had initially introduced the...more

Health Care E-Note - June 2017

by Burr & Forman on

When a physician leaves a medical practice, especially if the physician stays in the area to compete against his/her former employer, the situation can become stressful and acrimonious. Please see full E-Note below for...more

FTC Votes to Close Investigation of Texas Medical Board’s Conduct

by King & Spalding on

On June 21, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (Commission) voted to close its investigation into whether the Texas Medical Board (TMB) violated federal antitrust laws by adopting rules that restricted the practice of...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

Blog: Texas Becomes 50th State to Recognize Physician-Patient Relationship Established through Telemedicine

by Cooley LLP on

On May 27, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed S.B. 1107 (the “Bill”), making Texas the last state in the nation to allow for the establishment of a physician-patient relationship through a virtual visit. The recently passed...more

The Changing Telehealth Landscape

by Burr & Forman on

When healthcare providers and information technology (IT) appear together in the news, it is often for less than positive reasons. The cyber security issues that have plagued everyone have not left physicians and hospitals...more

Senate Proposes Expanded Use of Telehealth

On May 18, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee voted to move forward a bill entitled the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S870), which would increase access to...more

Doc, Can You Hear Me Now? Telehealth Finally Comes of Age in Texas

by BakerHostetler on

After many years of heated and contentious debate, and opposition by the Texas Medical Association and the executive director of the Texas Medical Board, Texas has significantly revised its telemedicine statute to permit the...more

NQF Telehealth Draft Report Provides Opportunity For Stakeholders

by Cozen O'Connor on

The National Quality Forum (“NQF”) has published a draft report (“Report”) recommending various methods to measure the use of telehealth. By way of quick background, NQF is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that seeks...more

New legislation eases the way for telehealth providers in TX and signals increasing national alignment

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

New legislation recently signed into law in Texas paves the way both for digital health companies to expand, particularly direct-to-consumer (D2C) companies, and also potentially heralds an era of virtual care visits on a...more

Proposed Telehealth Expansion of Medicare Reimbursement

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Telehealth continues to be a frontrunner on one strategy to achieve the triple aim, an effort to improve patient experience, population health and reduce per capita cost. To date, government reimbursement for telehealth...more

ACA Retaliation Claim Survives Despite No Complaint About ACA Provisions

On April 28, 2017, the United States Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (“ARB”) allowed a whistleblower retaliation claim under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) to proceed even though the...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

CBO Greenlights Telehealth Provisions in Senate’s CHRONIC Care Act

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that a key piece of telehealth legislation, the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017, would not, overall, increase or decrease Medicare spending. This score is significant as it...more

Last but Not Least, Texas Takes the Final Steps to Embrace Telemedicine

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As one of the last states to retain highly restrictive (and arguably anti-competitive) telemedicine practice standards, health care providers, regulatory boards, technology companies, payors and other stakeholders have been...more

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