Telehealth Buzz

DTC Telemedicine: Policy, Innovation, Markets: April CTeL Meeting

The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) April 2015 Summit Agenda has been released and Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) telemedicine will be the focus:   DTC Telemedicine–What’s Next:  Policy, Innovation, and the Markets. The April 2015 conference agenda will include topics, such as: Insurance Company Reimbursement for DTC Telemedicine EMR Integration between Primary Care […]

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Physician Self-Referral and e-Health Law – Ongoing Debate

Writing an opinion for the Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA) Viewpoint, two physicians point to the need for an overhaul of laws relevant to physician self-referral in light of the explosive growth in this practice and it’s impact on Medicare and Medicaid costs, as reported by the Government Accounting Office (GAO). The Robert […]

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National Notification Protocol Proposed for Security Breach

Legislation sent by the White House to Congress calls for a national 30-day notification protocol to be followed when a security breach has placed an individual’s “sensitive personally identifiable information,” or SPII, at risk. If signed into federal law, the National Data Breach Notification Standard would require some telehealth providers to revamp their processes.  From […]

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CTeL February Webinar: Malpractice and Telemedicine: Claims and Defenses

Please join The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law’s (CTeL) February 2015  Brown Bag Webinar  on the topic:   Malpractice and Telemedicine: Claims and Defenses. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 12:00 noon-1:00 pm EST. CTeL is pleased to have two presenters from the Physician Insurers Association […]

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NY Governor Cuomo Signs Telehealth Bill into Law

Legislation that expands the availability of telehealth services and requires insurers to cover the costs of those services has been signed into New York law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, as reported in the Watertown Times and other media outlets. Sponsored by NY State Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, the law ensures that health care practitioners […]

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Home Telehealth Contractor Database Breached; VA Implications

The personal information of over 7,000 US veterans who use the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) My HealtheVet portal was at risk due to a security flaw in the database of a contractor supporting this VA program. As reported in FederalNewsRadio.com, the contractor reported the breach to the VA in November 2014. “An investigation was […]

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Telehealth-Telemedicine May Be Vulnerable to Identity Theft

The 2015 Experian Second Annual Data Breach Industry Forecast predicts an increase in telehealth data theft, citing the growing number of access points to Protected Health Information (PHI) via mHealth apps and wearable tech devices placing patient telehealth data in cyberspace, and hack-able. The Experian report estimates the potential cost of breaches for the healthcare […]

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Telemedicine and Mobile Apps — Who’s Watching? How Safe?

As reported by Reuters Health, a new study finds that millions in the United States are engaging in telehealth, measuring blood pressure with downloaded mobile health applications (mHealth apps) that are untested and could deliver inaccurate readings. Researchers analyzed 107 mHealth apps for hypertension and blood pressure available on Google Play and Apple iTunes. While […]

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Informed Consent and Telemedicine – The Details Matter

Informed consent is an important process during telemedicine consults, just as it is for in-office treatment and procedures.  Failure to take this step correctly can lead to legal action should the patient have a less-than-expected outcome. A recent article on Medscape.com points to a number of mistakes that physicians make and offers some points to […]

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Telemedicine, Retail Clinics, and Quality of Care Metrics

As “non-traditional” delivery of medical care – specifically telemedicine and the retail walk-in clinic – gain traction in cyberspace and in neighborhoods, questions arise around the best ways to keep quality of care high. The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) identifies some of the issues facing both venues deserving attention: […]

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