Philo D. Hall, Associate of the Firm in the Health Care & Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, in “Telemedicine Company Delivers Care in a Snap,” by Helen Floersh. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

If you haven’t yet chatted with your doctor via instant messaging or video conferencing, you likely will soon.

Digital doctor visits have been on the rise for several years – and because of the proposed changes to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidelines that would incentivize medical professionals to expand into so-called “telemedicine,” checking in with a health care provider on a laptop or smartphone is likely to become increasingly commonplace. …

Philo hall, associate in the health care and life sciences practice of Washington, D.C. law firm Epstein Becker Green, sees the proposed changes as a good sign for all players in primary care.

“It is a positive development that CMS is working to update and keep pace with rapidly evolving physician services that increasingly utilize novel communications technology,” Hall said. Under the new guidelines, providers would see a short-term return on investment on telehealth platforms in addition to long-term benefits, he added.

“CMS demonstrates … that it appreciates the current role and future potential of communications technology in primary care,” Hall said.

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