Telehealth


Genetic Testing Fraud Trend Attracts DOJ Attention
October 8, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced fraud charges against 35 individuals in five federal districts for defrauding Medicare of more than $2.1 billion in medically unnecessary genetic testing. The announcement of the coordinated actions, which involved dozens of telemedicine companies and genetic testing laboratories, eight physicians and two nurse practitioners, was foreshadowed by a Fraud …
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Wave of DOJ Actions Targets Healthcare Fraudsters
October 3, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) kicked its healthcare fraud enforcement activities into high gear last week, unveiling charges against hundreds of individuals and companies for paying kickbacks and billing for unnecessary drugs, supplies and tests. The cases, which alleged nearly $1.5 billion in fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers, targeted specialty pharmacies, …
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Robot Assistant Dispenses Meds, and More
September 26, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Home Health | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
Last week, Pillo Health announced a collaboration with Stanley Black & Decker to assist elderly people and their caregivers. The companies’ Pria “personal medication assistant” (or, alternatively, “smart healthcare companion”) can dispense a week’s worth of pills on a prearranged schedule and also provides alerts, two-way video calling capability, and real-time monitoring via a mobile …
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Tech Giants Continue Healthcare Advances
September 11, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Hospitals | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
Mayo Clinic announced a 10-year strategic partnership with Google that aims to “accelerate the pace of health care innovation through digital technologies.” Mayo Clinic intends to use advanced cloud computing, data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve its delivery of care, including, for example, using AI-enabled digital diagnostics to advance virtual care. …
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Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2020 Includes Telehealth Changes
August 15, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
On July 29, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed revisions to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2020. The Proposed Rule was published in the Federal Register on August 14. CMS proposed to add three new codes for treatment of opioid use disorder to the list of services that are …
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Anesthesiologist Charged with Telemedicine Fraud
July 11, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
A New York anesthesiologist was indicted on July 9 for conspiring with pharmacies and medical equipment suppliers to defraud the Medicare program and other insurers. Anna Steiner, also known as Hanna Wasielewska, allegedly wrote prescriptions for drugs and durable medical equipment for patients supposedly seen via telemedicine without ever having actually examined or evaluated the …
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WHO Issues Guidance on Digital Health Tools
April 25, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Electronic Health Records | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued its first-ever recommendations on how digital health interventions may be used to improve health systems and patient care. Digital communication technologies covered by the report include apps, SMS text messages, and interactive voice response, and may involve the use of mobile devices, tablets, and desktop computers. The guidance …
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Amazon’s Alexa Now HIPAA-Compliant
April 18, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Home Health | Hospitals | Medical Devices and Wearables | Private Insurers | Telehealth
Amazon announced in a blog post on April 4 that its Alexa voice assistant’s operating environment now complies with HIPAA. Companies that build functions, or skills, for Alexa will now be able to create skills that involve the transmission of users’ protected health information. The initial group of six participants in an invitation-only program includes …
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Imaging Equipment Vulnerable to Cyberattacks
April 4, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | Hospitals | Telehealth
Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University Cyber Security Research Center in Israel have created malware that could exploit vulnerabilities in MRI and CT scanning equipment to alter patients’ images. The Washington Post discussed the research project in an April 3 article. In theory, by adding fabricated cancerous nodules to a MRI or CT scan, an attacker …
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Medtronic Warns of Defibrillator Hacking Vulnerability
March 27, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | FDA | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
Medtronic PLC self-disclosed last week to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that an unspecified problem in the wireless technology of 19 models of the company’s defibrillators makes them vulnerable to being hacked. The company said it is not aware of any cyberattacks, privacy breaches, or patient harm related to the 750,000 vulnerable devices. …
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