Telehealth Buzz

How Much Does Medicare Reimburse for Telehealth? The Real Story

The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) can now tell the real story about how much the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has reimbursed for telehealth encounters. When the original telehealth CMS reimbursement legislation was passed by Congress, the budget analysts at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Congress’s arbitrator […]

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September Brown Bag — Are You Compliant With Telehealth’s Legal and Regulatory Issues?

The phone rings every week at The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) and the person asks, “We’re thinking of starting a telemedicine program.  What issues do we need to think about?’ Or sometimes it is more ominous.  “We’ve started our telemedicine program.  What issues do we need to think about?” […]

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Providers Must Take Patient Privacy More Seriously

Patient privacy in the age of electronic health records (EHR) has been in the news a good deal recently.  In a recent editorial column, Fierce EMR editor and attorney Marla Durben Hirsch joined the conversation by expressing her concern over a series of recent healthcare data breaches—and what she perceives as a “cavalier attitude about […]

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To Prevent Data Breaches, Report Suggests Leaving Patient Information Off Portable Devices

As The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) and others have recently pointed out, the increasing portability of health information today, while undoubtedly convenient, can also leave providers and patients more vulnerable to data breaches. A recent white paper, “HITECH Act Three Years Later: Are Health Records Safe?” from the consulting […]

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Among Younger Providers, mHealth Is Considered Essential

For most people, it is likely difficult to imagine the world today without the Internet, smartphones, and mobile apps—and many health care providers feel the same way about the use of these technologies in their practices.   A recent Associated Press article, cited by Fierce Mobile Healthcare, highlighted the importance and benefits of mHealth technology for […]

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Physicians to States: Don’t Interfere in Doctor-Patient Relationship

The doctor-patient relationship is one that physicians hold sacred—and now the American College of Physicians (ACP) is taking steps to protect providers from what some view as overreach on the part of lawmakers. Recently, the ACP released a “Statement of Principles on the Role of Governments in Regulating the Patient-Physician Relationship,” in large part in […]

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State Medical Boards Believe FTC Decision May Diminish Their Regulatory Power

In the wake of a recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decision, state boards of medicine are concerned that their power to regulate the practice of medicine will be diminished. The FTC ruled in 2011 in a North Carolina case involving non-dentists who ran teeth-whitening operations that, per a complaint, were provided in “unsanitary conditions.”  The […]

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As Physician Shortages Grow, In-Store Health Clinics Try To Fill The Gap

The shortage of general practitioners in the United States has been well documented in recent years—and is projected to worsen as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is fully implemented, bringing 30 million more people into the health care system. As a recent Los Angeles Times article noted, “By 2020 the U.S. faces […]

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Debate Over Physician Use of Social Media Continues

Is it appropriate for medical professionals to connect with their patients through social media? The medical community seems divided on the issue, with some providers welcoming the opportunity to connect and share information with patients outside of the office and some believing such contact to be unsuitable. As reported by Fierce Health IT, a recent […]

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Will Technology Lead to a Reduction in Medical Errors?

According to a recent survey from Wolters Kluwer Health, Americans remain worried about medical errors, but also believe in the power of advanced medical technologies to help reduce them. Currently, more than 200,000 people each year in the U.S. still are impacted by medical errors, and many of the people surveyed reported that they had […]

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