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 […]

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 […]

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