Category: Telemedicine

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).  […]

Senate opts for “Step by Step” approach for innovation legislation

Tuesday, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee announced  that he will pursue a “step by step” approach to crafting major biomedical innovation legislation.  This is a marked departure from both the House-passed 21st Century Cures bill and the previously announced Senate plan.

Texas Medical Board Limits The Practice of Telemedicine in the State

The Texas Medical Board (the Board) voted last week to sharply restrict the practice of telemedicine in the state.  The rules adopted by the Board were the culmination of a four-year battle between the Board that licenses and regulates doctors in Texas and a national company based in Dallas that […]