Recent Blog Posts
- Sharing Cyber Threat Information The Information Sharing and Analysis Organization-Standards Organization (ISAO-SO) was set up under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security pursuant to a Presidential Executive Order intended to foster threat vector sharing among private entities and with the government. ISAOs are proliferating in many critical infrastructure fields, including health care, where cybersecurity and data privacy are particularly sensitive issues given HIPAA requirements and disproportionate industry human and systems vulnerabilities. Therefore, in advising their companies’ management, general counsel and others might... More
- Telehealth Outlook Under the Trump Administration What will the telehealth landscape look like under the Donald J. Trump Administration?
The Trump Administration is likely to drive telehealth advancement in a positive direction. For example, President Trump’s plan to reform the Veteran’s Affairs Department includes improved patient care through the use of telehealth technology. There are also some indications that the newly confirmed Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Tom Price, is “telehealth friendly.” Recently, during the congressional confirmation hearings, Price mentioned a tele-stroke... More
- Texas and Telehealth: New Bill Would Remove Toughest Hurdle for Practitioners In recent years, Texas has served as ground zero for a number of the most contentious legal battles surrounding telehealth. This week, State Senator Charles Schwertner, the chairman of the Committee on Health and Human Services, submitted a bill signifying progress for telemedicine and telehealth providers looking to practice in the Lone Star State. The bill, S.B. 1107, would remove one of the toughest hurdles for telemedicine and telehealth practitioners – the face-to-face meeting requirement. Providers would be able to... More
- Telehealth Innovation in Texas: Has Texas Gotten A Bad Rap? Much of the recent media scrutiny may suggest that Texas has gotten a bad rap when it comes to telehealth. But have recent reports painted an incorrect or unfair picture of telehealth innovation in Texas? The TexLa Telehealth Resource Center (“TexLa TRC”) certainly thinks so.
Recent media attention focused on Texas telehealth innovation suggests Texas is behind the telehealth curve. In a recent report, the Texas Business Association said, “Texas lags behind other states in establishing a supportive regulatory environment for... More
- HHS Telehealth Report To Congress: A Window Into Agency Thinking As requested by Congress as part of an appropriations bill signed into law late last year, this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report highlighting its e-health and telemedicine efforts. The report makes for interesting reading, and while there are no significant surprises in the report, it offers a clear snapshot of some of the agency’s thinking regarding virtual care.
The first thing I noted in the report is the agency’s view that “telehealth holds promise... More
- 50-State Survey on Telemental Health Laws in the United States We are pleased to present our 50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health (2016), published by Telehealth practice at Epstein Becker Green.
Learn more about the survey here and download your complimentary copy here. See our full announcement below:
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As Cyber-Counseling Booms, Complex Legal and Regulatory Issues Grow;
Survey Breaks New Ground in Tracking Related Laws
WASHINGTON, DC – May 11, 2016 –Epstein Becker Green (EBG), has released a groundbreaking, comprehensive survey on the laws, regulations, and regulatory policies impacting telemental health in all... More
- Recent Telemedicine Surveys Make for Interesting Reading Telemedicine has made great recent strides in terms of greater acceptance and deployment. That said, a lot of work still needs to be done. Two recent surveys, one of tech savvy consumers and another of health care stakeholders make that case.
The first survey was done on behalf of a consumer health engagement company. It makes for sobering reading. The survey polled 500 insured consumers who are also users of mobile health applications. Some interesting findings:
Almost 40% have not heard of... More
- Telehealth Private Pay Reimbursement: The Real Numbers As you all know, the subject of telehealth reimbursement continues to vex the community. For example, Medicare lags far behind. According to the Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law, Medicare reimbursed approximately $14 million total under its telehealth benefit for 2014. This represents less than .0025 percent of the total Medicare reimbursed for services that year. Medicaid is something of a mixed bag with the vast majority of states providing some coverage for telehealth, but many lagging in coverage and... More
- The Telehealth Outlook for 2016 As 2015 winds down, I think it is safe to say that it has been a whirlwind year in telehealth. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), over 200 telehealth-related bills were introduced in 42 states. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has launched an interstate physician licensure compact that creates a new pathway to expedite physician licensure in multiple states. Twelve states (with Wisconsin being the latest) have so far enacted the licensure compact. Many states... More
- New AHRQ Research Report Sheds Some Light on Telehealth One of the issues with which we often grapple in the telehealth space is the relative lack of availability of studies and data when compared to other areas of the health care sector. Telehealth is relatively young and therefore has not had the time to build a voluminous body of data and evidence. But things are changing. Many stakeholders are doing exemplary work in telehealth research, and stakeholders like the Department of Veterans Affairs have longstanding evidence regarding the efficacy of telehealth. ... More