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Congress Extends Telehealth Coverage

The President and Congress extended Medicare telehealth coverage in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which also included additional Ukrainian relief. On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (“2022 CAA”).  This new law includes several provisions that extend the Medicare telehealth waivers and flexibilities, implemented as a result of COVID-19 to … Continue Reading

CMS Policy Summary: 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Telehealth Originating Site Facility Fee and Services List, and Physician Assistant Billing

In MLN Matters article MM 12159, CMS has published summaries of the following: Updates to payment policies and Medicare payment rates for services provided by physicians and non-physician practitioners (NPP) Updates to Medicare telehealth services and telehealth originating site facility fee payment amounts Billing for a physician assistant (PA) services  … Continue Reading

PA Senate Approves Another Telemedicine Bill

The Pennsylvania Senate announced on October 26, 2021 that it has passed Senate Bill 705, and a copy of the Senate Press Release can be found at https://www.pasenategop.com/blog/senate-approves-telemedicine-bill/. A previous telemedicine bill was passed in Pennsylvania in July of 2018, when the Pennsylvania Senate approved Bill 780, which was discussed in my MedLaw Blog article … Continue Reading

Tucker Arensberg Attorneys to Speak at the PBI Health Law Institute

Tucker Attorneys Mike Cassidy and Jerry Russo have been named as presenters for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) 2022 Health Law Institute. They will be presenting a program entitled “Federal Telehealth Enforcement: Policy Through Prosecution”.  Stay tuned for more information on this PBI Health Law Institute program as the date draws nearer.… Continue Reading

Mike Cassidy Appointed Legal Advisory Group Member of the National Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law

Congratulations to Mike Cassidy on his recent appointment as a Member of the Legal Advisory Group of the National Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law (CTeL).  Mike will co-present on behalf of CTeL, in a webinar entitled “The Myths about Telehealth–Hear the Facts”, at CTel’s Digital Health Summit in December. Click this link for more … Continue Reading

AHLA and Health IT News Report Enormous Telehealth Hacking Increases

The American Health Law Association and Health IT News recently published reports indicating enormous increases in telehealth hacking attacks. Sam Kassoumeh, COO of Health IT News and Co-Founder of SecurityScorecard, stated: “The rapid pace at which telehealth applications were ruled out during the pandemic made them attractive targets for cyber criminals . . . Our … Continue Reading

Will COVID Finally Bring Telehealth Professional Licensing into the 21st Century?

The COVID pandemic has illuminated the need to modernize professional licensing.  Although professional licensing has always been a necessary vigilance with licensing has always been appropriate, and never more so than as highlighted by the opioid epidemic and telemedicine fraud schemes when physicians could issue prescriptions and orders for services over the internet for patients … Continue Reading

Telehealth Reaches Tipping Point – Now Included in OIG Audit Plan

Telehealth has apparently reached the tipping point in its significance to the Medicare budget, because OIG has now announced that it will “review Medicare claims for telehealth services provided at distant sites that do not have corresponding claims from originating sites to determine whether those services met Medicare requirements.” The expected issue date of the … Continue Reading

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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