Telemedicine is a booming sector for health care, stemming from a strong desire to improve the overall quality of care and reach new patients in new markets both around the block and around the world.
After more than 18 months in the works, and with much public coverage in the telemedicine industry, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) made its Interstate Medical Licensure Compact available for review by state medical boards.
Many physicians and other health professionals maintain a robust Internet presence, including websites and portals to provide patients with information.
At a contentious hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on September 9, 2014, lawmakers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clashed over proposed guidance from the FDA regarding the regulation of laboratory developed tests (LDTs).
Last week CMS announced that it would not execute its option to terminate its 2015 contracts with Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D plans that had scored three stars or less for three consecutive years.
There may be more criminal cases involving healthcare fraud in the near future, as the U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will be ramping up its review of whistleblower cases involving alleged health care fraud.
Approximately eight million children currently covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) may lose access to their pediatric-specific benefits and provider networks if legislation is not passed to extend federal funding for CHIP beyond its slated expiration at the end of FY 2015.
After the news this past July that German hospital operator Artemed had signed a framework agreement to establish the first wholly foreign-owned hospital in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (“Shanghai FTZ”), foreign investors anxious for an opening into China’s tightly regulated healthcare sector may now have even more reason for (cautious) optimism.