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Texas Medical Board Proposes New Rules on Heals 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

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 Continues to Embrace Telemedicine

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 15, 2017, the Texas Medical Board (Board) released proposed rules regarding telemedicine and mental health services (Proposed Rules) to implement Senate Bill 1107, which was passed on May 11, 2017. Most notably,...more

20 FAQs for Telemedicine Providers in Ohio

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Ohio Medical Board just published new FAQs and guidance on practicing via telemedicine, addressed to Ohio physicians and physician assistants. The FAQs follow the Ohio rules for telemedicine prescribing of drugs and...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

Department of Veterans Affairs Aims to Trump State Telemedicine Rules

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) is taking a significant step towards expanding needed services to Veterans by proposing a rule to preempt state restrictions on telehealth....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

The Way Forward for Telemedicine

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A lot of us have argued that one of the floodgates for telemedicine has been reimbursement. If states and the Federal government more liberally reimbursed or required reimbursement for telemedicine service, we argue then a...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

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

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact Eases the Practice of Nursing across State Lines

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (Compact) has now been adopted by 26 states, which means the Compact will be taking effect on January 19, 2018. Nurses who seek to practice telemedicine and deliver in-person care across...more

Alaska’s Telemedicine Business Registry: What You Need to Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Alaska’s Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development has finalized new regulations to create a special Telemedicine Business Registry for health care providers delivering telemedicine services in the Frontier...more

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

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