Growth of Telemedicine Sees Increase in Healthcare Fraud

Earlier this month, a New York anesthesiologist was indicted on charges stemming from her role in an alleged telemedicine conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to federal and private insurance plans. The indictment alleges that Anna Steiner, also known as Hanna Wasielewska, along with others, ordered and prescribed durable medical equipment (DME) and prescription drugs in […]

New Telehealth Law Takes Effect in Florida

On June 25, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law HB 23, which sets up guidelines for telehealth services in Florida. The legislation took effect July 1. Among other things, the law creates new practice standards for how telehealth can be used and by whom, registration of out-of-state telehealth providers, where telehealth services can be […]

VA Physicians to Start Practicing Across State Lines

Starting June 11, VA healthcare providers will be allowed to deliver care via telemedicine across state lines. As we wrote about last October, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs had issued a proposal that would allow for the provision of telemedicine services, regardless of where providers are licensed to practice. On May 11, the VA […]

OIG Report Finds Improper Billing for Telemedicine Services

As the push to increase the use of telemedicine grows, so too do concerns over questionable billing practices. In a recently released report, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) paid practitioners for services that did not meet Medicare […]

Florida Telemedicine Update

Filed last September by Florida Senator Aaron Bean, Senate Bill 280, which establishes the standard of care for telehealth and defines the scope of practice for the delivery of telehealth services, is winding its way through the 2018 Legislative session. The bill has gone through the Banking and Insurance and the Health Policy committees, and […]

VA Proposal Would Expand Access to Care Via Telemedicine

Challenged by limited healthcare resources, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a proposal that would allow VA healthcare providers to serve patients across state lines via telehealth, regardless of where they are licensed to practice. For fiscal year 2016, VA healthcare providers had 2.17 million telehealth episodes serving more than 700,00 veterans, 45 […]

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 […]

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