Category: Telehealth

OIG Advisory Opinion Permits Limited Provision of Free Telemedicine Hardware and Services

On May 31, 2018, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion No. 18-03 regarding an arrangement in which a not-for-profit Federally qualified health center look-alike (Provider) would provide, at no charge, certain information technology-related equipment and services to a County Department of Health health clinic (County Clinic) for […]

OIG Releases November Work Plan Items; Focus on Opioid Prescribing and Telemedicine

As we announced earlier this year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The November updates include 4 new Work Plan items: Opioids in Medicaid: Concerns about Extreme Use and Questionable Prescribing in Selected States. Focusing on the opioid public health […]

White House Declares Opioid “Public Health Emergency” However, Many Questions Remain

Last week, the White House declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency.” The declaration outlined a number of steps the Administration will take to address the epidemic. The public health emergency declaration, while acknowledging the scope and tragic costs of opioid abuse, falls short of a “national emergency” declaration […]

OIG Work Plan Will Now Be Updated Monthly; 14 New Items Added for July

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it will begin updating its Work Plan initiatives monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications, which was most recently released in November 2016. The OIG Work Plan describes audits, reviews and other work statutorily required or otherwise undertaken […]

Texas Becomes 50th State to Recognize Physician-Patient Relationship Established through Telemedicine

On May 27, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed S.B. 1107 (the “Bill”), making Texas the last state in the nation to allow for the establishment of a physician-patient relationship through a virtual visit. The recently passed legislation eases the regulations surrounding the delivery of telemedicine services in Texas, and has […]

CMS Issues Final MACRA Physician Payment Rule

On Friday, October 14th, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-anticipated final rule with 60-day comment period (Rule) for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program (QPP). The QPP provides incentive payments for participation in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APM).  […]

Lawmakers release new version of 21st Century Cures legislation

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of representatives from the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee released a new discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures initiative.  This draft is the latest step in the Committee’s year-long attempt to accelerate new medical innovations and improving the way they are brought to market.  According […]