René Y. Quashie, Senior Counsel, and Amy F. Lerman, Associate, in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm's Washington, DC, office, were quoted in Health Law Daily Wrap Up, in “Readmissions and Cost Reduction, Widespread Telehealth Use Faces Roadblocks,” by Patricia K. Ruiz.

Following is an excerpt:

Despite demonstrable effects on the health care experiences of Medicare beneficiaries, competing policy priorities and considerations are the top impediment keeping Medicare providers from embracing telehealth services in a widespread fashion, said René Quashie, senior counsel. and Amy Lerman, Associate of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. “At the nexus of health care and technology is the growing practice of telemedicine, increasing allowing services such as teleradiology and telestroke to become accepted methods of patient care” said Quashie and Lerman. “However, while studies have increasingly demonstrated telemedicine’s efficacy and cost-effectiveness, certain significant barriers, particularly around reimbursement for telemedicine services, continue to impede wider adoption.” …

“Certainly, the Affordable Care Act’s focus on reducing health care costs has helped drive growing interest in and acceptance of telemedicine technologies in practice,” Quashie and Lerman said. “Notably, the ACA’s introduction of certain penalties—for example, requiring that providers reduce patient readmissions or risk reduced payments from [CMS]—have caused providers to think differently and consider implementation of telemedicine technologies more broadly.” 

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