May 25, 2017

The Tide in Texas is Turning Toward Telemedicine



Female doctor in her surgery office with headset in front of her laptop, an x-ray of a foot in hand, talking with a senior patient, telemedicine concept
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As reported in the September 2016 and February 2017 issues of Health Law Vitals , Texas and other states are responding to the growing utilization of technology in the delivery of healthcare, with lawmakers passing and amending state laws related to telemedicine and telehealth. At the federal level, the Trump administration also appears to favor advancement of telehealth technology,1 and Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) recently introduced a bill that would expand Medicare’s coverage of telehealth services by permitting eligible hospitals, through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, to test the effect of including telehealth services in Medicare healthcare delivery models.2

In Texas, the rising use of telemedicine may be buoyed by legislation being considered by the Texas Legislature: SB 1107 by Senator Charles Schwertner and the companion bill as filed, HB 2697, by Representative Four Price. A key provision of the legislation is authorizing the establishment of a physician-patient relationship via telemedicine by removing the face-to-face meeting or in-person consultation requirement. SB 1107 passed the Senate and is pending consideration by the House. HB 2697 was heard in committee in late March and was modified to address payers’ concerns with the provisions regarding payment practices […]

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