June 01, 2018

Growth of Telehealth Industry Puts Medicare Telehealth Reimbursements on Government Radar

Hal Katz, Husch Blackwell LLP, Austin, TX and Loreli Wright, Husch Blackwell LLP, Denver, CO

The telehealth industry continues to grow rapidly, and regulators are beginning to take notice.

With the global telehealth market projected to more than quadruple in value over the next five years,1 even slow-moving government payors have responded to the pressure to expand reimbursement options for telemedicine services. But reimbursement woes continue to top the list of concerns voiced by providers,2 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) is keeping a watchful eye on reimbursement-related growing pains. On April 30, 2018, OIG released a report3 that identifies the impact of some of these growing pains on Medicare claims payments.4

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