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Spot the Legal Issues and Prepare Your Telemedicine Compliance Program

I recently published an article in the Journal of Health Care Compliance that provides on overview of the many legal issues raised by the practice of telemedicine services by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health centers (RHCs). Because of the many benefits conferred by this health care service modality, FQHCs and RHCs are rapidly adopting telemedicine measures. However, there are many legal risks and compliance issues associated with the use of telemedicine, and in the article I discuss a series of compliance best practices that can help reduce the associated fraud and abuse risks. More ›

Federal Legislation Addresses National Opioid Crisis, Will Impact the Entire Healthcare Industry

The U.S. healthcare industry needs to be aware of recent federal legislation that was signed into law on October 24, 2018. The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment, or SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, H.R.6, was signed into law as a response to the national opioid crisis. The law broadly addresses the opioid crisis in ways that will affect the entire health care industry. The law is immediately effective, except for certain individual provisions which specifically define when they will go into effect. More ›

4-1-1 on Telehealth: What the New Illinois Telemedicine Law Means for Hospitals and other Healthcare Providers

Telehealth is a burgeoning, technology-based treatment delivery mechanism that allows healthcare providers to remotely monitor patients, provide real-time interactive care via video technology, and receive or transmit medical data using store-and-forward technology. With benefits such as increased access to care, reduced healthcare costs, and enhanced care coordination, telehealth is gaining wider use and popularity among hospitals and other health care providers in the United States.

This growth has been accompanied by greater regulatory scrutiny. In 2017, over 30 states amended their existing telehealth laws. In some states, these updates became effective on January 1, 2018. The Center for Connected Health Policy maintains a complete listing of the approved state telehealth legislation in 2017, which can be found here.

In Illinois, 2017 saw passage of the Illinois Telehealth Act, the first legislative guidance to telehealth service providers in Illinois regarding the appropriate scope and standards of care for the provision of telehealth services. The new law requires “Health Care Professionals” — defined to include physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, advanced practice nurses and some mental health providers—to practice within the scope of their respective licenses and to follow the same standard of care that is applied to in-person services.  More ›

411 on Telehealth

The world of health care delivery is quickly evolving to meet both personalized consumer demand and the need for cost-efficient, quality outcomes. More ›

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