Telemedicine and telehealth are the process of providing healthcare to a patient who is not physically present but, rather, is located on the other end of a videoconferencing system. In today’s increasingly mobile society, physicians, providers and patients are all seeking a more efficient way to meet the patient’s health care needs. Telemedicine has permitted patients who may be housebound or otherwise limited in mobility to have access to healthcare in a way that has never been possible before. Understandably, physicians and providers are eager to be able to provide these services to their patients and clients, but the confusion surrounding what is and is not permissible often seems like an insurmountable obstacle to implementation. This presentation will break down the various elements that a practice needs in order to begin offering telehealth services and will provide a roadmap for additional information that must be gathered and confirmed on the state level in order to complete implementation.
According to Medicaid.gov “For purposes of Medicaid, telemedicine seeks to improve a patient’s health by permitting two-way, real time interactive communication between the patient, and the physician or practitioner at the distant site”. This electronic communication means the use of interactive telecommunications equipment that includes, at a minimum, audio and video equipment. Telemedicine is viewed as a cost-effective alternative to the more traditional face-to-face way of providing medical care (e.g., face-to-face consultations or examinations between provider and patient) that states can choose to cover under Medicaid. This definition is modeled on Medicare’s definition of telehealth services (42 CFR 410.78). Note that the federal Medicaid statute does not recognize telemedicine as a distinct service”.
With the recognition that telemedicine and telehealth are valuable health care platforms, third-party payors, including Medicaid, are beginning to reimburse for such services. The speaker will discuss some universal regulations that apply to such payments, when permissible, and will provide the attendee with guidelines as to what they must specifically check and confirm before anticipating payment for services.
This webinar provides an overview of the current interstate laws and regulations controlling telemedicine and telehealth. Telemedicine and Telehealth are the newest healthcare delivery innovation spreading across the county. Although these methods of delivery has been in place for years in rural and underserved population areas, it has now reached the mainstream of healthcare delivery for any needs, in any area.
In order to be compliant with telemedicine or telehealth delivery, one must have a clear knowledge of the federal laws that affect such practice as well as the state laws in his or her “home state”, and the state laws in any and all states in which he or she plans to deliver telemedicine or telehealth services A practice must also be aware of their third-party payor contract regulations as to how they can, and cannot, get paid for such services.
Many individuals and practices who want to start offering these services to patients who may travel frequently or vacation or attend school out of state for extended periods are often confused as to where to start. This presentation will walk the attendee through the process one must go through to determine: (i) if telemedicine/telehealth is a viable option for his or her practice, (ii) how to start integrating such offerings, (iii) how to get paid, and (iv) how to expand into new states
Areas Covered in the Session:
- What is telemedicine? How is telehealth different?
- What a practice, physician or provider needs to know if they are seeking to provide telemedicine to patients
- Federal rules and regulations and a roadmap to where to look for state-by-state requirements
- Payment and how to get paid
Who Should Attend:
- Health care providers
- Practice mangers
- Business associates of health care providers
- Compliance officers
- Telemedicine or Telehealth companies
About the Presenter:
Ms. Campanella focuses her practice on business law, healthcare regulatory and transactional matters, and residential and commercial real estate. Ms. Campanella has assisted clients with transactional services and regulatory compliance consulting, as well as general counsel services to small and large businesses, medical practices, professional societies and real estate clients alike. Clients seek her expertise when reviewing employment agreements, commercial leases, formation of new businesses and medical practices, separation from and sale of businesses and medical practices, business structuring, commercial and residential real estate transactions, and surgical center licensing and registration, including preparation for Department of Health, AAAHC and AAAASF surveys of licensed and Medicare deemed facilities, as well as preparation and implementation of resulting plans of correction. Ms. Campanella is a nationally respected regulatory compliance specialist who dedicates herself to educating professionals nationwide on issues of business transactions and regulatory compliance.
Ms. Campanella graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University with a Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2012 and earned her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall Law in 2005. In 2002, she graduated with Honors from Union College with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (New Jersey Chapter), the American Health Lawyers Association, and the New York City Bar Association.
Ms. Campanella has been admitted to practice law in New Jersey and United States District Court for the District of New Jersey since 2006, the District of Columbia since 2013, New York since 2013, Pennsylvania since 2017 and Vermont since 2018. Ms. Campanella was recognized by New Jersey Super LawyersTM as a Rising Star in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019, a “Best of Bergen” attorney by Bergen Magazine in 2017 & 2018, and is recognized by AVVO as a Clients’ Choice Attorney in 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 with an AVVO rating of “10 out of 10”.* Her additional certifications include earning the status of Certified HIPAA Administrator from the HIPAA Academy and she is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Ms. Campanella is also an Adjunct Professor at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences
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