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Teladoc Success over Texas Medical Board

Last month, the Texas Medical Board's (TMB) motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Teladoc, Inc. was denied. The lawsuit involved a challenge to a TMB regulation restricting the use of telehealth services in the State of Texas. Teladoc, the nation's leading provider of telehealth services was recently selected by Meridian Health, a non-profit health care organization in New Jersey, to provide telehealth services to its residents. Based on the...

New York Telehealth Reimbursement Parity Law

Effective January 1, 2016, New York put into effect its expanded telehealth reimbursement parity legislation. New York was the 22nd state to develop such a parity, which requires commercial insurers, as well as the state’s Medicaid program, to provide reimbursement for telehealth services in a manner consistent with medical services provided in a face-to-face encounter. While New York places restrictions on the use and mandatory reimbursement of telehealth services, many...

Year-End Breach Notification and the Importance of HIPAA Plan Review

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires every Covered Entity that knows or should know of a breach of Protected Health Information (PHI) to notify the individuals affected by the breach as well as report the incident to the Federal government. While a breach affecting less than 500 individuals does not require immediate reporting to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,...

Does the Federation of State Medical Board’s Interstate Licensing Compact Enhance Your Ability to Practice Medicine Across State Lines?

In 2015, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) announced and successfully lobbied for the introduction of the Interstate Licensing Compact (ILC) in order to streamline state licensing procedures for physicians. Understanding and taking advantage of the ILC will allow physicians who wish to engage in the practice of medicine via telehealth technology across state lines a less burdensome barrier to entry. What is the Federation of State Medical Boards?...

HIPAA Compliance Violations Result in Significant Fines for Healthcare Providers

Two recent settlements by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) related to potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) have resulted in significant fines for several providers. These settlements demonstrate the fervor with which the Federal Government is pursuing HIPAA violations. In one case a Massachusetts teaching hospital agreed to pay an $850,000 settlement related to the...