OIG Plans to Focus on Medicare Part B Payments for Telemedicine

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, (HHS OIG) recently announced a new project designed to review Medicare Part B payments for telemedicine services. It’s part of the OIG’s Work Plan initiatives released last November and updated monthly. Among the June/July updates, the agency noted it will be looking to see […]

Is Your Telemedicine Company HIPAA Compliant?

UPDATE: According to a news release, the lawsuit filed against MDLive, Inc. was voluntarily dropped by the law firm that originally filed it. MDLive has since published a fact sheet responding to the allegations. A lawsuit seeking class action status recently filed against Telehealth provider MDLive, Inc. underscores the need for all healthcare companies using […]

Lawmakers Seek to Expand Medicare Coverage of Telemedicine Again

Congress is taking another crack at expanding Medicare coverage for services delivered via telemedicine. U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) recently introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to “test the effect of including telehealth services in Medicare health care delivery reform models.” CMMI’s role […]

Feds weigh in on competitive benefits of telemedicine

As telemedicine continues to grow in use and popularity, federal agencies are increasingly being asked to consider how it will affect competition in the healthcare arena. Recently, the Department of Justice offered its backing of a telemedicine bill winding its way through Michigan. Although the DOJ’s statement, in support of SB 753, was issued in […]

Telemedicine gaining acceptance among payors

Although not entirely embraced by insurers, telemedicine is slowly becoming a more acceptable means of providing care. Even the federal government is starting to recognize telemedicine’s benefits. Earlier this month, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed increasing telehealth coverage by adding new CPT codes for services beginning January 1, 2017 as part […]

Legal issues relating to telemedicine expected to increase

While the days of the Marcus Welby house call have, for the most part, been relegated to the history books, technology has spawned another kind of house call – telemedicine. Although the use of electronic communications between doctor and patient has been gaining ground in recent years, many barriers to treatment via telemedicine continue to […]

Florida lawmakers introduce telemedicine legislation

Florida could see legislation later this year that would create statewide guidelines on the use of telemedicine. A bipartisan bill has been filed in Tallahassee that, if signed into law, would more clearly define what telehealth is, who is considered a telehealth provider and outlines what the standard of care is for those providers. HB […]

New telemedicine rule takes effect in Florida

The Florida Board of Medicine has published an update regarding telemedicine standards that took effect on Oct. 26, 2014. The new Rule 64B8-9.0141, Florida Administrative Code, defines what telemedicine is and what physicians are not permitted to do. It states: “Telemedicine shall not include the provision of health care services only through an audio only […]