Epstein Becker Green’s 2021 Telemental Health Laws survey of state telehealth laws, regulations, and policies within the mental/behavioral health practice disciplines (and corresponding app available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices), was featured in mHealth Times. Amy Lerman, co-author of the survey, discusses the upsurge of telehealth services and increased legislative focus on risk and compliance throughout COVID-19, and more.
Following is an excerpt:
- In May, the DOJ addressed $143 million in false billing due to 14 telehealth leaders filing fraudulent COVID-19 Medicare claims. In addition, the Center for Program Integrity, part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), took action against more than 50 medical providers for their involvement in schemes relating to abuse of CMS programs.
- In September, the DOJ targeted approximately 150 defendants for their alleged participation in various health care fraud schemes that resulted in $1.4 billion in alleged losses in regards to telemedicine, COVID-19, substance abuse treatment facilities, and illegal opioid distribution schemes.
- Also in September, the OIG reported that more than 20 states noted fraud, waste, and abuse as a “concern” specific to telehealth. Furthermore, the OIG recognized that some states do not have the resources to protect health care organizations against fraudulent schemes.
The survey is co-authored by Amy Lerman and Francesca Ozinal and the following attorneys and contributors from EBG’s Health Care and Life Sciences team: Attorneys Alexis Boaz, Audrey Davis, Vidaur Durazo, Daniel Fahey, Jacqueline Frazer, Priya Kaulich, Devon Minnick, Lauren Petrin, Olivia Plinio, Matthew Sprankle, Christopher Taylor, and Bailey Wendzel; Law Clerks Nija Chappel, Julianna Dzwierzynski, Chloe Hillard, and William Walters; and 2021 Summer Associates Kayla Oakley and Timothy Rozier-Byrd.