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FDA’s Health Software PreCert program to fast-track innovation

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Digital information has taken over our day-to-day lives, and the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to recognize that this includes many aspects of our health care as well. This is clearly demonstrated by...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

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

Holdout States Loosen Restrictions on Telemedicine but Obstacles Remain

A few months ago, two states that previously imposed onerous telemedicine requirements – Texas and Oklahoma – enacted laws that loosen restrictions on telemedicine providers and generally fall into line with what a vast...more

CMS Releases Proposed 2018 Medicare Payment Regulations

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On July 13, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2018 Physician Fee Schedule that would update payment policies, payment rates and quality provisions for physicians and other medical...more

Vermont’s New Telemedicine Law Expands Insurance Coverage, Bans Recording

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Vermont health care providers and patients can now enjoy a revamped, and significantly improved, telehealth commercial insurance coverage law. Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed S. 50 into law on June 7, 2017, expanding...more

Texas Breaks Telemedicine Gridlock

by Bryan Cave on

For the past seven years, the permissible use of telemedicine[1] in the Texas healthcare industry has been uncertain, at best. But certainty finally came at around noon on July 17, 2017 when the General Counsel of the Texas...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

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

On The Critical Issue Of Veterinary Telemedicine In New Jersey And The United States

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A proposed bill “authorizing the provision of health care services through telemedicine and telehealth” (S291) is now on the desk of the Governor of New Jersey for action. The bill, which authorizes “the provision of...more

Key Takeaways from Oklahoma’s New Telemedicine Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently signed into law SB 726, establishing new telemedicine practice standards, including explicitly allowing doctors to create valid physician-patient relationships via telemedicine without...more

Here We Go Again - The Senate’s Health Reform Bill

by Winstead PC on

Late last week the Senate released its version of a health reform bill (the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” or the “Senate bill”) to fix the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “PPACA”). The Senate Bill...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

Michigan Telemedicine Prescribing and Controlled Substance Laws

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, recently signed into law SB 213, clarifying that health professionals in Michigan may prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine without an in-person examination. The law reverses a 2016...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

Telemedicine in the Emergency Department and EMTALA Compliance

by Jones Day on

Although enacted more than 30 years ago, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act ("EMTALA") remains aggressively enforced and important for Medicare-participating hospitals to consider as they implement telemedicine...more

Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Law and Telemedicine Exams

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Following a special session, the Florida Legislature on June 9, 2017 passed two important bills regarding medical marijuana in the Sunshine State: SB 8A and SB 6A. Together, these bills implement Article X, section 29 of 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

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

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