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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

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

Wisconsin Issues New (and Improved!) Telemedicine Rules

Following a public hearing last month, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board approved new rules for the practice of telemedicine. The rules differ notably from its first set of rules proposed in 2015 and considered at a...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

Florida: No Telemedicine Exams for Medical Marijuana

The Florida Board of Medicine issued a proposed amendment, on December 8, 2016, to its telemedicine regulations to clarify that physicians may not order medical cannabis or low-THC cannabis via telemedicine....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

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act

On November 30, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill intended to modernize health care delivery and speed up and improve medical research and innovations by removing bureaucratic...more

Delaware Healthcare Industry Update

House Bill 439, sponsored by Representative Bryon Short and Senator Patricia Blevins, addresses the situation of “surprise” bills. That is, the situation when a patient seeks and receives care, and is unaware that the...more

Telemedicine for All, As Lame Duck Session Winds Down

Even with the federal legislators poised to head home at the end of the week, two significant telehealth measures continue to work their way through the House and Senate, further evidence that telehealth services have become...more

Behavioral Health: A Growing Interest in the Commonwealth

Massachusetts policy makers are increasing their focus on behavioral health treatment and how this relates to overall state health care spending. This issue was heavily discussed at the Health Policy Commission’s (HPC) annual...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

“May You Live in Interesting Times” – Some Healthcare Predictions for the Trump Administration’s First Year

The ancient Chinese curse – “May you live in interesting times” – certainly springs to mind these days. What does the election of Donald Trump mean for the healthcare industry, the Affordable Care Act and current healthcare...more

2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List: Health & Welfare

As 2016 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. Like last year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of...more

The Health Policy Commission’s Annual Cost Trends Hearings

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission conducted its fourth annual Cost Trends Hearing on October 17 and 18, 2016, under the requirements of Massachusetts’s 2012 health care reform legislation (“Chapter 224”). The hearing...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

Texas Medical Board Drops its Fifth Circuit Appeal To Bar Antitrust Challenge

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted the Texas Medical Board’s (“Board”) motion to voluntarily dismiss its appeal of the District Court’s decision on sovereign immunity in its latest...more

Update: Arkansas (Again!) Medical Board Approves Telemedicine Rules

The Arkansas State Medical Board on Thursday voted unanimously to pass Regulation 38 establishing key definitions for telemedicine practice in the State. The new regulation imposes specific Board of Medicine requirements for...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 13

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 13 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. - Failure to Update Business Associate Agreement Results in...more

DOJ & FTC Join Telemedicine Attack on Texas Medical Board

The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have sided with Teledoc, Inc., one of the country’s biggest telemedicine companies, in its legal battle with the Texas Medical Board. The two agencies filed a joint...more

New Federal Telemedicine Grants Announced; Florida Not Listed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced new grant funding awarded to seven telemedicine and 11 distance learning projects across 16 states to use technology to expand access to health care, substance misuse...more

FTC Weighs-in on Telehealth, Comments on Delaware’s Occupational Therapy Practice Rule

On August 3, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff submitted public comments regarding the Delaware Board of Occupational Therapy Practice’s proposed regulation for the provision of occupational therapy services via...more

Recent HHS Report Provides Insight into Government’s View of the Challenges of and Need for Expanded Telemedicine

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued, at Congress’s request, a report on the Department’s progress and efforts in the telemedicine arena, which has yet to be fully integrated within the government’s health...more

What is Telemedicine? A Cool Benefit or a Hot Mess?

We’ve had numerous inquiries lately about telemedicine benefits. My clients most typically ask either “is this a group health plan?” or “is it just access to another provider?” Clearly, there is much confusion surrounding...more

What NOT to Wear to your Very First Telehealth Visit

To be candid, the title of this article is not exactly what it is about, but now that I have your attention . . . “Telehealth” means the use of real-time, interactive audio, video telecommunications or electronic technology...more

Arkansas' New Telemedicine Rules a Small Step Forward

The Arkansas Legislative Council’s Rules and Regulations Subcommittee approved, on August 16, 2016, proposed regulations which, if accepted by the Arkansas Legislative Council, will remove some restrictions on telemedicine...more

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