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Emma J. Chapman provides regulatory and compliance advice to health care providers. She is particularly focused on emerging health care technology solutions and the regulatory issues that impact them, including telehealth and digital health matters. Click here to read Emma Chapman's full bio. 

CMS Takes a Preliminary Step to Make Certain COVID-19 Waivers Permanent


By , , , and on Aug 14, 2020
Posted In Telehealth, Uncategorized

On August 4, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to update its payment policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for calendar year 2021. The proposed rule was issued in tandem with a presidential executive order, which directed the Secretary of the US Department of Health and...

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TREATS Act Aims to Expand Use of Telehealth to Treat Substance Use Disorder


By and on Aug 14, 2020
Posted In Telehealth

A bipartisan pair of US senators have proposed legislation that would allow certain controlled substances to be prescribed via an initial telehealth encounter and—under certain conditions—expand Medicare reimbursement of audio-only substance use disorder treatment services. The proposed TREATS Act has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and could significantly...

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New Laws Expand Telehealth in California


By , and on Nov 1, 2019
Posted In Telehealth

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law two bills that expand the delivery of telehealth services in the state. In particular, the legislation: Permits providers to prescribe medications without a synchronous interaction Requires payment parity of telehealth services under commercial plans Loosens restrictions on Medicaid coverage of store-and-forward services. California healthcare providers and commercial...

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Expanded Telemedicine Services Presented as Means to Address Opioid Crisis in New Legislation


By and on Nov 7, 2018
Posted In General Interest, Telehealth

Last week, President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act), a bipartisan piece of legislation designed to tackle the opioid crisis by, among other approaches, increasing the use of telemedicine services to treat addiction. Several key provisions are summarized below. The package includes provisions to expand public reimbursement for telemedicine services...

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Telehealth-Related Updates Included in 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule


By and on Nov 7, 2018
Posted In General Interest, Telehealth

On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued final rules for updating the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule to implement recent telehealth-related legislative reforms. As reported in our Digital Health Mid-Year Report: Focus on Medicare, these changes are expected to have a material impact on the ability of providers to receive...

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