On September 9, 2014, the American Telemedicine Association issued two reports in which it graded all fifty states on telemedicine gaps in coverage and reimbursement and physician practice standards and licensure. Not surprisingly, in the area of telemedicine parity Washington received predominantly failing grades. Washington fared better in the area of Medicaid coverage and conditions of payment but still racked up three failing grades in the ten categories that were graded. In the report on physician practice standard and licensure, Washington averaged less than a C.
On September 23, 2014 Ogden Murphy Wallace presented the first of two webinar sessions on telemedicine covering CMS, Joint Commission, and Washington rules pertaining to the ability of a site receiving telemedicine services to rely on the credentialing and privileging of the site from which the services are provided. On October 7, 2014, Ogden Murphy Wallace will present the second session of its telemedicine webinars addressing additional regulatory requirements relevant to telemedicine services in Washington including licensure, informed consent, Washington’s Stark, Anti-Kickback and Anti-Rebating laws, HIPAA compliance and reimbursement. To register for the October 7 telemedicine webinar click here.
For more information regarding telemedicine laws in Washington please contact Greg Montgomery.