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Telehealth and Virtual Services: An Update on Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Considerations

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After rapid expansion of telehealth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, health care providers and practitioners will have to shift focus to the operational, legal, and compliance considerations associated with long term telehealth adoption. While telehealth will not replace the gold standard of in-person care, telehealth, remote monitoring and other communication technology-based services present opportunities for health care providers and practitioners to augment clinical care and improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. Operationalizing such telehealth and virtual services arrangements will require an in-depth understanding of the regulatory framework surrounding telehealth and other virtual services.

Please join Baker Donelson Shareholder Allison Cohen for a comprehensive overview of recent changes in the telehealth regulatory and reimbursement framework. This will include a discussion of temporary waivers and regulatory flexibilities issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as permanent rulemaking and legislation such as the CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, and telehealth provisions in the Consolidated Appropriates Act of 2021. The presentation also will cover the legal, ethical, and compliance considerations that should be taken into account when implementing telehealth arrangements. This includes potential risks arising out of federal fraud and abuse laws, HIPAA and privacy laws, state/professional board telehealth requirements, and malpractice liability risks. We will also touch on emerging and anticipated areas of regulatory scrutiny and enforcement trends such as the DOJ/HHS operations targeting telefraud and the Part B audits included in the HHS-OIG Work Plan.

Continuing Education Credit:
This program is pending approval by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization for one (1) hour of general CLE credit. In order to receive CLE credit, participants must attend the program live. CLE credit cannot be awarded to viewers of the recorded program.

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