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The Promise of Telehealth - Part I in a Series Addressing the Role of Telehealth - January 2018

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

In the Executive Budget released January 16, 2018, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposes to expand access to Medicaid-covered telehealth services. With improvements in telecommunications technologies, telehealth is...more

Digital Health: FDA Gives Nod to Multiple First-in-Class Devices

Digital health—the convergence of healthcare, devices, genomics (in some instances), and digital technology—is a fast-growing sector teeming with the promise to improve the health of millions of people. A key feature of...more

Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service (FFS) system to a value-based system, health care information technology will become an increasingly important component in fostering patient engagement, coordinating care, increasing...more

Technology and Trends in the Healthcare Industry, Part I: The Risks and Rewards of Remote Medicine

Sick days are built in to nearly every workforce. As employers are aware, depending on an employee’s position and the duration of his or her time off, sick time may slow production or delay deadlines....more

K&L Gates Triage: 2017 Updates to the OIG’s Active Work Plan Items & Related Audit Experience

by K&L Gates LLP on

In this episode, Hilary Bowman summarizes recent updates to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) 2017 Work Plan. Specifically, she discusses OIG’s plans to investigate and audit...more

Telemedicine on the Rise: Five Factors Driving Telehealth Growth in 2017 – and Beyond

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Telehealth has been a growing point of emphasis in U.S. health care discourse, as health care providers look to leverage interconnectivity to treat patients from a distance and legislators seek new ways to improve care. In...more

Digital Health Care Investors Summit Highlights Digital Health Expansion

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In early December, leading experts in digital health and telemedicine came together at the Digital Health Care Investors Summit hosted by Foley & Lardner LLP and Deloitte. The Summit explored innovations in digital health...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

“Tap Here For A Doctor” – The Proliferation of Telemedicine In The Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

Several years ago, many people were leery of the thought of ordering personal drivers through a mobile app and getting into a car of a complete stranger. However, over time, the idea of ride-sharing through Uber or Lyft has...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

OIG November 2017 Work Plan Update

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The OIG added four items to its Work Plan with the November 2017 update, as listed on the chart below. Interestingly, three of the four new items relate to Medicaid. Hot topics include prescriptions for extreme amounts of...more

New OIG Project Expands Telemedicine Audits to State Medicaid Programs

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Following on the heels of its plans to review Medicare payments for telehealth services, the federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) just announced a new project to review...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

Blog: OIG Releases November Work Plan Items; Focus on Opioid Prescribing and Telemedicine

by Cooley LLP on

As we announced earlier this year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The November updates include 4 new Work Plan items: - 1....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

Telemedicine on the Rise: Increased Deployment by Veterans Administration, MACRA, Plus Potential Expansion Under Legislative...

Telemedicine has the potential to disrupt the health care delivery system by providing access to care at a lower cost than face-to-face visits. Telemedicine incorporates remote communications into the provision of health care...more

Dubai Health Authority Issues New Telehealth Regulations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

International and local health providers in the UAE are increasingly looking to provide telemedicine services in the region. While the regulation of telemedicine remains inconsistent across the country, Dubai seems to be...more

Committees Approve Bills to Boost Medicare Penalties, Revise Part B Policies, Extend CHIP Funding

by Reed Smith on

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved by voice vote the following bipartisan bills addressing the Medicare Part B program: HR 3245, which would significantly increase various Medicare civil and criminal...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

CirrusMD Closes $7 Million Series A Funding

by Bryan Cave on

CirrusMD, which offers a text-first approach to telemedicine for large health systems and insurers, today announced the closing of a $7 million Series A financing led by Colorado Impact Fund, joined by Bootstrap Incubation,...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

The Opioid Crisis: Declaring a National Emergency and the Effect on Remote Prescribing through Telemedicine

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 31, 2017, President Donald Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended that he declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. In August 2017 and again on October 16, 2017, the...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...more

VA Proposed Rule Would Expand Telemedicine and Override State Licensure Barriers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On October 2, the Veterans Administration (VA) proposed a new rule that would expand access to quality care and availability of mental health, specialty, and general clinical care for VA beneficiaries through the use of...more

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