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Why Join CTeL?

The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) sole mission is to provide legal and regulatory research and expertise on emerging telehealth issues.

CTeL’s Board of Directors is comprised of leading experts with years of experience in telehealth issues, such as: credentialing and privileging, telemedicine prescribing, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and telecommunication matters, physician and nurse licensure, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and Food and Drug Administration policies.

CTeL Role in Key Telemedicine Issues

Since its establishment in 1995 by CTeL’s founder Bob Waters, CTeL played a pivotal role in telemedine’s legal and regulatory issues, including three of the most critical legal and regulatory issues facing the industry.

Failure of any of these three would likely have crippled telemedicine.

  • Anti-Kickback and Telemedicine:  In 2000, a Midwest, rural hospital system received the call no telemedicine programs wants:  The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services was investigating a possible violation of the Federal anti-kickback statute.  The issue:  as a participant in the Rural Telemedicine Grant program, the hospital provided consultation and other services as required by the grant.  Did these services constitute a possible anti-kickback violation?  Bob jumped into this issue, worked with the OIG, and as a result of extensive discussions, the answer was “no”.  You can read the OIG opinion here (the first telemedicine OIG opinion). 
  • Medicare Reimbursement:  In 2001, CTeL worked with key players in Congress to develop the reimbursement structure we see today through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for Medicare reimbursement.  Bob’s in depth knowledge of Capitol Hill and telemedicine provided a steady, “behind the scenes” hand throughout consideration of the 2001 CMS telemedicine reimbursement proposal.  You can read the entire story here.
  • CMS Credentialing and Privileging:  In 2009, CMS intended to enforce full credentialing and privileging of all telemedicine providers.  This would have been “nail in the coffin” for telemedicine programs across the country.  It would have overwhelmed hospitals and would have caused telemedicine providers to halt their practices.  Through a member of the CTeL Board of Directors, contact was made directly into CMS’s decision makers to make the case for a streamlined credentialing and privileging process.  CMS listened.   A streamlined credentialing and privileging process was the result.  You can read the full story here. 

CTeL Member Benefits

CTeL members enjoy a broad range of benefits, which include but are not limited to, legal and regulatory research pertaining to questions of Licensure, Credentialing and Privileging, Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement, HIPAA Compliance, Telecommunications, Food & Drug Administration Regulations, and telemedicine prescribing.

CTeL tailors its Membership for any corporation, non-profit organization, or individual new to telehealth and who may be looking to gain an understanding of today’s evolving legal and regulatory telehealth landscape.  Or, for any established organization needing a place to turn occasionally in order to evaluate a program’s compliance with legal and regulatory telehealth issues.

CTeL membership benefits include:

  • Interaction with telemedicine’s leading legal and policy experts on your legal and regulatory questions and issues.
  • Educational programs and webinars on timely telemedicine topics at no cost.   Recent webinars have covered topics such as licensure, prescribing, FDA regulations, and Medicaid Reimbursement.
  • Access to CTeL’s fact sheets, background briefs, and reports on industry-wide legal and regulatory changes.  Topics include:  FDA, Stark/Anti-Kickback, Privacy, Licensure, and Prescribing.
  • Monthly Members-Only Q&A Session to review and discuss policies related to telemedicine’s legal and regulatory issues.  Participate in a special, members-only conference specifically focused on legal and regulatory issues.
  • Have your organization’s logo with a link to your homepage on our membership page and promoted in CTeL’s educational webinars.  (Applies to non-profit or Corporate members only)
  • Ability to collaborate and partner with CTeL on a legal/regulatory topic webinar.  This opportunity will provide free access to our membership database during CTeL’s webinar promotion. (Applies to non-profit or Corporate members only).
  • Networking opportunities with other CTeL members.
  • Special member pricing for CTeL’s legal and regulatory conferences.

Please Note: CTeL has established a wholly-owned subsidiary, CTeL Innovations, Inc., a full service telemedicine and e-Health business and consulting firm. CTeL Innovations offers an expanded portfolio of business and strategy development, legal and regulatory research, and expert consultation to clients who need that edge to stay competitive in this market place. Through this expanded portfolio, CTeL Innovations will work with clients to assess their risk against the array of state, federal, international laws and policies impacting telemedicine programs and providers.

Please contact us at 202-499-6970 for more information on CTeL Innovations and its services.

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