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OIG Report: CMS Paid Practitioners for Telehealth Services That Did Not Meet Medicare Requirements

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) just published a new report on OIG’s review of Medicare payments for telehealth services. The objective of the OIG review was to determine whether or not CMS paid practitioners for telehealth services that met Medicare requirements. The report concluded that, of the sampled claims … Continue reading this entry

Sharing and Mining Patient Data in Digital Health and Telemedicine: Laws You Need to Know

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The use of new technologies such as digital health applications, telemedicine, and information exchanges can provide game-changing benefits for providers and patients alike.  However, with increased sharing comes increased risks to both the security and the privacy of patient information.  Most digital health and telemedicine companies are aware of data security and breaches.  However, an … Continue reading this entry

Top Three Changes in Delaware’s New Proposed Telemedicine Rules

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The Delaware Board of Medicine has issued proposed regulations clarifying certain statutory provisions pertaining to telemedicine and telehealth. As we previously reported, Delaware’s Medical Practice Act imposes certain practice standards for what constitutes an appropriate patient diagnosis and treatment via telemedicine, including the allowable modalities and when an in-person examination is required. The new proposed … Continue reading this entry

Telehealth Billing Compliance: Medicare Says Goodbye to the GT Modifier

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For over a decade, Medicare has required providers to append special modifiers to their CPT and HCPCS codes when billing for telehealth services. The two primary modifiers for telehealth services were GT (indicating the service was delivered via an interactive audio and video telecommunications system) and GQ (indicating the service was delivered via an asynchronous … Continue reading this entry

Congress Proposes Change to Ryan Haight Act to Allow Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances

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It seems the efforts of telemedicine advocates to change federal law and allow greater prescribing of controlled substances are no longer falling on deaf ears. Congress just released a pair of draft discussion bills to amend the federal Ryan Haight Act. The “Improving Access to Remote Behavioral Health Treatment Act” would allow certain community mental … Continue reading this entry

10 Tips for Complying with Georgia’s Telemedicine Laws

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On January 22, 2018, the Georgia House of Representatives adopted a Resolution recognizing telehealth as an important tool to improving access to health care in Georgia. One week later, the Georgia Senate recognized January 30, 2018, as Telehealth Day at the State Capitol. The Peach State clearly remains an enthusiastic pioneer in its use of … Continue reading this entry

Telemedicine Credentialing by Proxy: What Hospitals and Telehealth Companies Need to Know

Hospital-based telemedicine services continue to rapidly expand across the country, allowing providers to deliver care to rural areas and better allocate the staffing and availability of specialist physicians such as neurologists and emergency medicine.  However, despite the uptick in telemedicine services at hospitals, many medical staff offices still use the traditional “primary source verification” process … Continue reading this entry

Top 5 Ways Telehealth Will Change Under the New Federal Funding Bill

The telemedicine industry has been abuzz upon learning that provider-friendly legislation was included in the new federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by the President on February 9, 2018.  But telehealth providers, hospitals, and entrepreneurs need to cut through the hype and understand what the provisions will really do for telehealth.  This … Continue reading this entry

Medicare’s New Remote Patient Monitoring Reimbursement: What Providers Need to Know

The new year continues to offer big opportunities for telemedicine and digital health companies, and one of the most notable developments is CMS’ decision to reimburse providers for remote patient monitoring (RPM).  Effective January 1, 2018, the Medicare program will pay providers for RPM services billed under CPT code 99091.  The service is currently defined … Continue reading this entry

Ten Things To Know About Maryland’s Proposed Telehealth Rules

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The Maryland Board of Physicians evaluated, then tabled for further consideration, a set of new telehealth rules designed to expand the opportunities for hospitals and providers to deliver virtual care services in Baltimore and throughout the State.  The Board held a public hearing on January 24, 2018 to review proposed telehealth rules originally issued late … Continue reading this entry

Digital Health Care Investors Summit Highlights Digital Health Expansion

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In early December, leading experts in digital health and telemedicine came together at the Digital Health Care Investors Summit hosted by Foley & Lardner LLP and Deloitte. The Summit explored innovations in digital health care technology that help promote continuity of care and increase patient access to health care services.… Continue reading this entry

New OIG Project Expands Telemedicine Audits to State Medicaid Programs

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Following on the heels of its plans to review Medicare payments for telehealth services, the federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) just announced a new project to review state Medicaid payments for telemedicine and other remote services. Accordingly, providers who bill state Medicaid programs for telemedicine, … Continue reading this entry

Three Years Later, Foley Survey Reveals Positive Prognosis for Telemedicine

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When we launched Foley’s inaugural Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey in 2014, it was apparent that health care executives weren’t ready to make telemedicine a significant focus of their business and patient strategies. The interest was there but, despite tremendous technological breakthroughs and imaginative applications, most telemedicine programs were in the early stages and there … Continue reading this entry

Telemedicine Rules in D.C. Get Second Draft

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Telemedicine rules in the District of Columbia underwent a second round of revisions as the District of Columbia Department of Health issued a new set of proposed rules . The newly-revised proposed telemedicine rules, issued in July, replace the Department’s first draft of telemedicine regulations issued in early 2016, and incorporate comments submitted by a number … Continue reading this entry

20 FAQs for Telemedicine Providers in Ohio

The Ohio Medical Board just published new FAQs and guidance on practicing via telemedicine, addressed to Ohio physicians and physician assistants.  The FAQs follow the Ohio rules for telemedicine prescribing of drugs and controlled substances adopted by the Board in March 2017.  The guidance should be welcome news to providers who deliver healthcare services via … Continue reading this entry

Telehealth Services in Nebraska Get a Boost

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Telehealth services are now required to be covered by health plans in the Cornhusker State. Nebraska telemedicine providers, entrepreneurs, and patients can enjoy telehealth insurance coverage, joining the national majority. Championed earlier this year by Nebraska Senator Mark Kolterman (R) as LB92 and signed by Governor Pete Ricketts (R) in late April, the new law … Continue reading this entry

Joint Commission Introduces New Accreditation Standards for Telehealth Services

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Editor’s note:  Following publication of our blog post, The Joint Commission contacted Health Care Law Today on September 14, 2017 and informed us it will not move forward at this time with its proposed ambulatory telemedicine standards. The Joint Commission said it continues to evaluate options, and additional comments may be sent to Mary Brockway, … Continue reading this entry

Participate in Foley’s Telemedicine & Digital Health Survey

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As readers of Health Care Law Today, we would very much value your feedback to our Telemedicine & Digital Health Survey. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and individual survey responses will be kept confidential. To participate, click here or paste the following link into a web browser: https://research.zarca.com/r/dhif3e… Continue reading this entry

Medicare Payments for Telehealth Increased 28% in 2016: What You Should Know

Telehealth providers can celebrate another successful year of growth, as CMS reported a 28% increase over total 2016 payments for telehealth services under the Medicare program. Providers continue to successfully integrate telehealth services into their traditional health care delivery approaches, and are realizing payment opportunities both within the Medicare FFS program and in other sources … Continue reading this entry

Alaska’s Telemedicine Business Registry: What You Need to Know

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Alaska’s Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development has finalized new regulations to create a special Telemedicine Business Registry for health care providers delivering telemedicine services in the Frontier State. The regulations in Title 12, Chapter 02 of the Alaska Administrative Code were effective on April 28, 2017 and implement provisions of Alaska SB 74 … Continue reading this entry

New Jersey’s Telemedicine Law: What Providers Need to Know

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New Jersey has a new telemedicine law, recently signed by Governor Chris Christie. The law cements the validity of telehealth services in the Garden State, establishes telemedicine practice standards, and imposes telehealth coverage requirements for New Jersey Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, commercial health plans, and other State-funded health insurance. After a year of debate in … Continue reading this entry

OIG to Audit Medicare Telehealth Services: What You Need to Know

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For what may be the first time, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced a new project to review Medicare payments for telehealth services. Accordingly, providers who bill the Medicare program for telehealth services may expect to have those claims reviewed to confirm the patient … Continue reading this entry

Vermont’s New Telemedicine Law Expands Insurance Coverage, Bans Recording

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Vermont health care providers and patients can now enjoy a revamped, and significantly improved, telehealth commercial insurance coverage law. Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed S. 50 into law on June 7, 2017, expanding commercial coverage and payment parity in the Green Mountain State by requiring Vermont Medicaid and private health plans to pay for telemedicine … Continue reading this entry

Is Telemedicine Change Coming to Congress? The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 Among Several New Federal Bills

Congress is reconsidering a nationwide telehealth coverage bill, named the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017, designed to introduce an incremental, though significant, expansion of coverage for telehealth services under the Medicare program. The bipartisan Act is sponsored by Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA), with seven co-sponsors to date (four Republican, three Democrat). If enacted, the … Continue reading this entry