Telemedicine & E-Prescribing:
Evolving Ethical, Licensing & Reimbursement Rules & Realities
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008
Duration: 90 minutes
The American Bar Association Health Law Section and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education
12:00 PM-1:30 PM Eastern
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Central
10:00 AM-11:30 AM Mountain
9:00 AM- 10:30 AM Pacific
H.R. 6331, passed by Congress on July 16, 2008, will further expand Medicare coverage for telemedicine. Under this new law, as of January 1, 2009, skilled nursing facilities, in-hospital dialysis centers and community mental health centers will be eligible for Medicare reimbursement as originating telemedicine sites.
Reflective of the growing acceptance of the expanded use of telemedicine and e-prescribing by patients, providers, federal and state legislators, and public and private payers, H.R. 6331 and a series of federal and state legislative and regulatory reforms are eroding traditional obstacles to the use of telemedicine and e-prescribing practices. Meanwhile, public and private health plans are increasingly providing coverage for certain telemedicine or electronically prescribed treatments. Despite these changes, physicians and other health care providers engaged in telemedicine or e-prescribing still must negotiate a minefield of ethical, licensing, prescribing, reimbursement, privacy, and data security and other legal and operational challenges.
This experienced panel will share and discuss:
- Selected ethical, licensing, prescribing and quality assurance considerations affecting design and use of telephone and e-prescribing treatment strategies
- Perspectives on the evolving ethical, licensing, reimbursement, prescribing and other regulatory and operational opportunities and challenges impacting telemedicine and e-prescribing
- Recent regulatory developments and trends facilitating the expanded use of telemedicine and e-prescribing
- Evolving trends and practices of public and private health plans with respect to the coverage of telemedicine and e-prescribed care
- Multi-state e-prescribing and telephone prescribing activities for out-of-state patients
- Other experiences and insights about the legislative, regulatory, and operational challenges for healthcare providers, health plans, regulators and legislators in designing and implementing appropriate telemedicine and e-prescribing practices
Moderator: Cynthia Marcotte Stamer,
P.C., Glast, Phillips & Murray, Dallas,
Michael Gorton, Founder, Chairman & CEO, TelaDoc Medical Services, Dallas, TX
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