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Texas Medical Board Expands Telemedicine?

In April of this year, the Texas Medical Board adopted rules intended to expand the practice of telemedicine. The rules allow a physician to provide services to a new patient in certain circumstances, and therefore form a physician-patient relationship, using telemedicine. Further, once a physician-patient relationship has been formed, patients may be treated from their homes for up to one year for a preexisting condition that has been previously evaluated....

CVS Partners with Three Largest Telemedicine Companies in Order to Expand Connected Care Solutions

CVS Health has partnered with the three largest telemedicine companies in America, American Well, Doctor On Demand and Teladoc, to facilitate improved and collaborative care between telehealth, retail pharmacy and retail clinic providers. A pharmacy’s direct partnership with a telemedicine provider presents various regulatory obstacles that must be considered in order for medical treatment to be provided in a compliance with applicable state and federal law. Developing a framework for...

Frier Levitt Continues to Find Success in Licensing Board Matters

Frier Levitt is pleased to announce positive rulings in its three latest professional licensing board matters concerning physicians. In each instance, Frier Levitt was able to implement its proven strategy for comprehensively responding to licensing board investigations and disciplinary matters. We understand the implications of disciplinary action and have developed a successful method of approaching these sensitive issues. In one instance the professional board completely withdrew its complaint against a...

Sovereign Immunity and the Corporate Practice of Medicine

Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court determined that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners (Board) unreasonably restrained trade in violation of antitrust law as a result of its attempt to restrict non-licensed individuals from providing teeth whitening services. A controlling number of the Board’s members were practicing dentists, and thus considered active market participants in the occupation regulated by the Board. The Court noted that that...

Delaware Becomes Latest State to Require Health Insures to Pay for Telemedicine

Delaware recently became the 29th state to require insurers to pay for telemedicine encounters. The State’s newly signed bill prohibits any insurer from excluding a service for coverage solely because the service is provided through telemedicine and not though an in-person consultation. This comes primarily as a result of telemedicine being defined and understood as a way of delivering care, rather than a service in and of itself. While Delaware...