The COVID-19 pandemic continues to demonstrate the importance and effectiveness of telemedicine as a means of providing patients with access to safe and quality medical care through the use of technology.
In order to expand and encourage the use of telemedicine, state and federal legislation has been enacted to relax various requirements for healthcare professionals utilizing telemedicine to provide care to patients. In addition, the standards for reimbursement for telemedicine services by Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party payors have continued to evolve to further permit coverage for services rendered to patients from distant sites in lieu of in-person encounters.
Physicians who incorporate telemedicine into their medical practices should be aware of existing telemedicine laws and any coverage and reimbursement criteria imposed by applicable payors when providing telemedicine services. In addition, physicians should monitor for updates or changes to any waivers and other guidance that have been issued for the duration of the federally-declared COVID-19 public health emergency, which is presently in effect through at least the end of April 2021.
Read Kathleen’s article “Telemedicine in Michigan 2021” in the First Quarter edition of the Detroit Medical News.
Kathleen A. Westfall maintains a business practice focused primarily on helping clients to navigate complex licensing and regulatory issues related to state and federal health care laws and regulations. She assists health care clients with a number of corporate and contractual issues and disputes, including third party payor audits, insurance coverage matters, and reviewing, drafting and negotiating various contractual agreements. She also represents health care professionals and facilities in connection with licensing investigations and other enforcement actions by state and federal agencies.
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