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Defending Clients in Telemedicine Investigations Lawyers

June 30, 2020

Telemedicine is growing in popularity. Patients like the fact that they are able to get healthcare without leaving their home. Telemedicine is also convenient for health care providers. Telemedicine allows patients to get a diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, patients are able to get the same treatment that they get in a doctor’s office. However, there are a lot of laws and regulations regarding telemedicine.

Telemedicine And The Law

It is important to remember that the rules for telemedicine are not the same as the rules for other healthcare settings. The state you live in will also affect the telemedicine laws. Our attorneys will examine the laws and determine how they will affect your case.

The Feds Are Taking Notice

There were at least five telemedicine providers who were taken down due to fraud in 2018. Healthcare providers are often caught up in fraud because they do not know all of the rules. Telemedicine fraud is not cheap. In fact, telemedicine fraud involving Medicare resulted in $1 billion in losses in 2019.

As telemedicine grows in popularity, the fraud associated with it will continue to grow. Anyone who is caught up in telemedicine fraud can suffer negative consequences. However, health care providers are likely to suffer the most. You have a lot at stake if you are a health care provider.

Examples of Telemedicine Fraud

  • Accepting payment in return for kickbacks
  • Incorrect medical billing and coding
  • Giving out excess prescriptions
  • Scams associated with Medicare

The elderly are often the victim of telemedicine fraud. They may receive calls asking if they would like to get a free ankle brace, knee brace or other medical device. Someone may also an elderly person if they would like to get a free sample of a certain medication. Many of these patients do not lose money because they have Medicare. However, the people who are involved in this scheme will likely receive a kickback.

How Are Healthcare Providers Affected by Fraud?

Patients can be affected by healthcare fraud in a number of ways. It can cause them to lose money. They may also get their health care information shared with another party. However, health care providers have a lot more to lose.

You can be penalized if you perform a service that you were not licensed to practice. This can put your license in jeopardy, and you may not be able to practice at all. Additionally, prescribing Opioids in excess is another example of telemedicine fraud that can get you in serious trouble.

Telemedicine Marketing

There are many marketing companies that will target health care providers. They will tell the providers that telemedicine is a legitimate way to make money. There are many physicians who are desperate when they get out of medical school. They are burdened with student loan debt and need the extra money.

Why the Federal Government May Investigate

  • The telehealth session was for a patient that received their health insurance from a federally funded health insurance company, such as Medicare or Medicaid.
  • The patient was given drugs that were subject to regulation by the Drug Enforcement Agency or DEA.
  • The patient resided in a state where the physician was not licensed to practice. The patient may not have known that the doctor was in a different state.

Why It Is Important for You to Hire a Telemedicine Investigation Lawyer

The best thing that you can do if you are facing telemedicine investigation is to hire an attorney. They are familiar with all of the aspects of health care law. They also know about the laws regarding telemedicine. You do not have anything to lose by hiring an attorney.

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