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THE FIRST TELEMEDICINE
ANTIKICKBACK OPINION: OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL ADVISORY OPINION 98-18
REGARDING OPHTHALMOLOGY AND TELEMEDICINE
Go to http://www.hhs.gov/progorg/oig/advopn/1998/ao98_18.htm
The Value of Telemedicine in Health Care and Virtual Diagnoses
Managed Care Medical Telemedicine Call Centers
Minnesota Attorney General Internet Warning
HCFA Internet Security Policy
Telemedicine: Emerging Legal Issues
by Alan S. Goldberg and Jocelyn F. Gordon (American Health Lawyers Association, Washington, DC) explores potential risks and complex legal and business issues associated with "telemedicine".
New HCFA Rule Regarding Teleconsultations
A new HCFA Rule for Medicare Part B Payment for Teleconsultations in Rural Health Professional Shortage Areas published November 2, 1998 in the Federal Register. Payment will be made if the physician or other specified practitioner is furnishing a service for which payment may be made under Medicare to a beneficiary residing in a rural area that is designated as a health professional shortage area. This Rule also establishes a methodology for determining the amount of payments made for the consultation. The HCFA comments to the Rule indicate HCFA's effort to address many complex issues, including the location of the professional service, the licensure of the professionals providing the service, the payment for the service using a novel "conduit" approach in order to avoid any antifraud and abuse "kickback" concerns, and the like. Although the Rule is intended solely to provide limited telemedicine funding opportunities under Part B, the HCFA comments regarding the Rule provides implicit guidance regarding the views of HCFA regarding related issues (such as licensure and "kickback" concerns).
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HCFA Part B Rural Telemedicine Rule Nov. 2, 1998 Federal Register (63 Fed. Reg.
HCFA Proposed Rule Regarding Teleconsultations
Prior to the promulgation on November 2, 1998 of the new Rule, HCFA announced a proposed rule to implement parts of section 4206 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 by providing for payment for professional consultation by a physician and certain other practitioners via interactive telecommunication systems. Read this proposed rule in Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) PDF file format. The file will take several minutes to open or download - for Reader go to:
June 22, 1998 Federal Register (63 Fed. Reg. 33882)
HCFA Draft Internet Communications Security and Appropriate Use
Download a copy of HCFA draft Bulletin Number 98-01 in Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) PDF file format. The file will take several minutes to open or download - for Reader go to:
HCFA and the Internet: Region II Letter Prohibiting Use
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(See HCFA Internet Security Policy referenced above)
Telemedicine Across State Lines: A Proposal for Congress
The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association has proposed that that Board of Governors of the ABA approve a recommendation urging the US Congress to permit the practice of telemedicine across state lines. The full proposal and a comprehensive report by the Young Lawyers Division is available here in Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) PDF file format. The file will take several minutes to open or download - for Reader go to:
ABA Young Lawyers Division Telemedicine Consultation Proposal
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