Telehealth Buzz

Q & A on Telehealth Marketing with Legal Expert Joe McMenamin

On November 17, attendees of the Fall 2016 CTeL Telehealth Summit will focus on an important emerging issue for the telehealth community: the potential risks and liability posed by telehealth marketing. Joining the panel will be telehealth legal expert Joe McMenamin, MD, JD, a physician-attorney whose law practice and consultancy concentrate on and benefit from […]

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More Employers Offer Telehealth Benefits, But Few Employees Use Them

Employers have embraced telehealth with gusto. Seventy percent of large employers now offer telehealth benefits, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). Next year, 90 percent will do so. Use of telehealth by employees has lagged though, as reported in a recent Chicago Tribune article.  The same NBGH […]

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Doctors Much Better at Diagnosis than Symptom Checkers

Online symptom checkers – websites and apps that use computer algorithms to help patients self-diagnose – have become very popular. Many people jump on the internet to figure out what ails them by using WebMD, the Mayo Clinic’s Symptom Checker, AskMD, Drugs.com, and the like. A study published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests […]

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FBI Still Objects to Interstate Licensing Compact’s Use of Its Data

Implementation of the new Interstate Medical Licensure Compact has hit a serious snag.  To date, 17 states have enacted legislation authorizing their participation in the compact, which offers voluntary, expedited multi-state licensing for qualified physicians. The compact, set to go into effect in January 2017, is expected to expand access to health care, especially in […]

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CTeL Summit Session: Telemedicine and Diagnostic Lab Tests

On November 18, attendees at the CTeL Executive Telehealth Summit will explore recent developments in diagnostic lab testing and their intersection with telemedicine. Dr. Steve Goldberg from Quest Diagnostics and attorney Charles Dunham from Epstein, Becker & Green will lead the session. Telemedicine is expanding its role in medical care and has moved beyond the […]

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CTeL Summit: Q & A with Medical Malpractice Expert Larry Hansard

It goes without saying: All telehealth providers need to ensure that their malpractice insurance will provide adequate protection in the unlikely event of a medical malpractice claim. On November 17, attendees at the Fall 2016 CTeL Executive Telehealth Summit will take a close look at how malpractice carriers view and cover telemedicine in a session […]

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Bill to Improve Medicare ACO Program Includes Telehealth Provisions

A bi-partisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week aims to improve the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) by modifying the rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). It includes telehealth provisions sought by providers, who were quick to praise the proposed legislation. The bill increases incentives for ACOs to focus on quality of […]

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Working Group Update: Medical Specialties and Telemedicine Baseline Standards

On November 18, attendees of the Fall 2016 CTeL Executive Telehealth Summit will delve into a question of growing importance: What are the appropriate baseline standards for the practice of telemedicine for different medical specialties? As the use of telemedicine has grown, the range of conditions diagnosed and treated via this care delivery model has […]

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FTC Investigates Texas Medical Board for Possible Antitrust Violations

In a significant development for state medical boards, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has confirmed it is investigating the Texas Medical Board (TMB) over antitrust concerns, POLITICO reports. Earlier this month, the FTC and Department of Justice filed a joint amicus brief siding with Teladoc in its federal antitrust lawsuit against the Board.  The brief […]

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CTeL Summit Session: Could Your Telehealth Marketing Ignite an FTC Sanction or a Lawsuit?

On November 17, attendees of the Fall 2016 CTeL Telehealth Summit will focus on an important emerging issue for the telehealth community: the potential risks and liability posed by telehealth marketing. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with jurisdiction over truth in advertising, is turning its attention to telehealth marketing claims. So are private litigators. They […]

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