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Telehealth Opportunities Worth Watching in 2018

Continued physician shortages, reduced reimbursement from government and private insurance plans and the ever-increasing health care needs of an aging population are forcing payors and providers alike to increase the...more

Telehealth Opportunities Worth Watching in 2018

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Continued physician shortages, reduced reimbursement from government and private insurance plans and the ever-increasing health care needs of an aging population are forcing payors and providers alike to increase the...more

Texas Telemedicine Saga Finally Over? The Texas Medical Board Substantially Revises Telemedicine Regulations

The Texas Medical Board’s (the “Board”) adoption of new telehealth licensing regulations may finally put to bed long-running challenges to the state’s historically rigid position with respect to healthcare services delivered...more

The FCC to Propose Major Changes to Its Rural Health Care Funding Programs

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is launching a major revision to its Rural Health Care (“RHC”) subsidy programs. These revisions would address two main issues, the level of funding and ways to make the programs...more

Slow and Steady – CMS Expands Telehealth Reimbursement Opportunities in 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reiterated its commitments to expanding access to telehealth services and paying “appropriately” for services that maximize technology in the Medicare Program; Revisions to...more

Telehealth Reaches Tipping Point – Now Included in OIG Audit Plan

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Telehealth has apparently reached the tipping point in its significance to the Medicare budget, because OIG has now announced that it will “review Medicare claims for telehealth services provided at distant sites that do not...more

OIG Turns Its Attention to Telehealth Medicaid Compliance

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Telehealth providers participating in and receiving payment from Medicaid for telehealth services should take heed of the newly initiated items included in the OIG's November 2017 Work Plan update. (Beginning June 2017, the...more

Three Years Later, Foley Survey Reveals Positive Prognosis for Telemedicine

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When we launched Foley’s inaugural Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey in 2014, it was apparent that health care executives weren’t ready to make telemedicine a significant focus of their business and patient strategies....more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

The year-end schedules of the Senate HELP and Finance committees just became more clogged, as the two panels will lead the review of President Trump’s nominee to be Health & Human Services (HHS) secretary. Trump announced...more

Telehealth Report Offers Glimpse Into Variety And Complexity Of State Telehealth Laws And Policies

by Cozen O'Connor on

In the recently published fall update of the fifth annual edition of its telehealth report, the Center for Connected Health Policy, the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, provides a current...more

ONC’s De-Regulatory Announcement Aims at Enticing Industry to Adopt 2015 Edition Criteria

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In September, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced that it is scaling back requirements for third-party certification of criteria related to certified electronic health...more

Virtual Care Advancement | Outlook on CHRONIC Care Act and Other Federal Legislation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Senate’s unanimous passage of the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S.870) on September 26th is an encouraging step forward for modernizing telehealth...more

Texas Medical Board Proposes New Rules on Heels of Relaxed Telemedicine Laws

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Texas Medical Board recently proposed changes to its telemedicine regulations (22 Tex. Admin. Code §§ 174.1 – 174.12) to follow the amendments to Section 111 of the Texas Occupations Code governing the practice of...more

Telemedicine Rules in D.C. Get Second Draft

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Telemedicine rules in the District of Columbia underwent a second round of revisions as the District of Columbia Department of Health issued a new set of proposed rules. The newly-revised proposed telemedicine rules, issued...more

Texas Medical Board Releases Proposed Rules to Implement New Telemedicine Law

by Jones Day on

The Texas Medical Board ("TMB") recently released proposed rules to implement Senate Bill 1107, which became law in May 2017 and allows for physician-patient relationships to be created solely through the provision of...more

Telehealth Services in Nebraska Get a Boost

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Telehealth services are now required to be covered by health plans in the Cornhusker State. Nebraska telemedicine providers, entrepreneurs, and patients can enjoy telehealth insurance coverage, joining the national majority....more

Department of Veterans Affairs Releases Long-Awaited Proposed Rule to Allow Telehealth Services Across State Lines

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On Friday, September 29, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its long-awaited proposed rule amending medical regulations to improve access to care for beneficiaries regardless of patient or provider locations....more

New York Expands Telehealth Originating Sites – More Changes Could Be in the Wings

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The New York legislature has passed S4285, a bill expanding the list of authorized originating sites at which telehealth may be provided to New York citizens. The bill adds adult care facilities as a category of originating...more

Health Update - September 2017

Using Telehealth as a Tool for Health System Integration - As discussed in our August Health Update article on patient engagement and digital health—the first in our new digital health series—the advent of digital and...more

Massachusetts Senators Hold Healthcare Roundtable Discussions

by Mintz Levin on

This past August, the Massachusetts Senate and the Millbank Memorial Fund Healthcare Working Group held three roundtable discussions geared towards finding solutions to rising healthcare costs and providing patients with more...more

Joint Commission Introduces New Accreditation Standards for Telehealth Services

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Joint Commission has proposed changes to its accreditation standards to account for direct-to-patient telehealth services. The new standards will apply to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and ambulatory health care...more

Telehealth Parity Laws: The Real Story

by Cozen O'Connor on

State telehealth parity laws, which generally require private payers (and occasionally Medicaid programs) to cover telehealth services if those services would be covered if provided in-person, have long been trumpeted as a...more

Medicare Payments for Telehealth Increased 28% in 2016: What You Should Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Telehealth providers can celebrate another successful year of growth, as CMS reported a 28% increase over total 2016 payments for telehealth services under the Medicare program. Providers continue to successfully integrate...more

Hospitals and Others Respond to “Red Tape Relief Project” Requests

Last week, a number of health care industry associations sent letters to Congress detailing ways in which the government could relieve them of the burdens associated with “red tape.” The letters are in response to the first...more

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

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