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2017 Medicare Telehealth Changes

The 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule finalizes the CMS changes for Telehealth reimbursement and coverage for 2017.  The CMS fee schedule document also provides a comprehensive explanation of Medicare Telehealth reimbursement and coverage.  I have excerpted those 35 pages and linked them as a PDF to this post: Medicare Telehealth Services. The essential takeaways are as … Continue Reading

Telehealth News

There are two interesting items in telehealth news. Iowa Supreme Court Rejects Ban on Telemedicine Abortions An Iowa Board of Medicine rule requires the presence of a physician when abortion inducing drugs are provided.  Planned Parenthood sued claiming the requirement of physician presence was unconstitutional on the basis that it discriminated against women, due to … Continue Reading

TelaDoc Wins Injunction Against Texas Medical Board re: Telehealth Restrictions

The Federal District Court of the Western District of Texas has ruled against the Texas Medical Board and granted TelaDoc’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction prohibiting the Texas Medical Board from enforcing new rules requiring either a face-to-face or an existing physician patient relationship in order to prescribe medication. The Court rejected the Texas Medical … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Introduces Telehealth Bill

House Bill 706 has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House.  This is a “parity” bill which does the following: It defines telehealth in such as way as to neither mandate nor prohibit asynchronous or synchronous telehealth technology.  It simply defines telehealth as the remote interaction of the healthcare provider with a patient through the use … Continue Reading

Ohio Proposes New Telehealth Prescribing Regulations

The Ohio State Medical Board has proposed new telehealth prescribing regulations, which are predicated upon whether the drug is a controlled or not a controlled substance. Non-Controlled Substances For non-controlled substances, physicians may prescribe or dispense medication to a person on whom the physician has never previously conducted a medical evaluation only if the physician … Continue Reading

AMA Issues New Telemedicine Policy

Last week, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a new report regarding coverage of and payment for telemedicine (CMS Report 7-A-14). The report recognizes the telemedicine is a “key innovation in support of health bill reform, being used in initiatives to improve access to care, care coordination and quality, as well as reduce the rate … Continue Reading
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