contract-signature-e1663868054811Our healthcare and business law firm works with many providers at all stages of employment, including physicians taking their first jobs after training, becoming partners at practices, and selling their practices and retiring.  One consistently stressful time for all providers is resigning from a practice.  Through our experience, we have learned many tips to assist providers in exiting employment as smoothly as possible. If you have questions regarding this blog post or need counsel navigating an employment exit, you may contact us at (404) 685-1662 (Atlanta) or (706) 722-7886 (Augusta), or by email, info@hamillittle.com. You may also learn more about our law firm by visiting www.hamillittle.com.

Our first step with clients is always to start the exit process by reviewing their employment contracts.  Assuming the agreement is enforceable and binding, your employment agreement governs how you and your employer behave.  Most clients want to leave professionally and effectively and so do not want to breach the contract on their way out.  The following are terms we generally start with in reviewing employment contracts: Continue reading ›

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Our healthcare and business law firm previously published a blog post on the federal telemedicine rules.  Both Federal and State rules govern the provision of telemedicine.  Each state’s rules governing telemedicine are different, but the applicable laws and rules are generally found in the state medical board’s rules, insurance code, and when applicable, Medicaid rules.  This post focuses specifically on Tennessee’s telemedicine prescribing rules.  Our firm previously posted an overview of Tennessee’s general telemedicine rules.  If you have questions about telemedicine rules or would like to discuss this blog post, you may contact our healthcare and business law firm at (404) 685-1662 (Atlanta) or (706) 722-7886 (Augusta), or by email, info@hamillittle.com. You may also learn more about our law firm by visiting www.hamillittle.com.

Tennessee Rules on Prescribing Based on a Telemedicine Visit

A. General Telemedicine Prescribing Rules

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5G-icon-e1662133608419Our healthcare and business law firm previously published a blog post on the federal telemedicine rules.  Both Federal and State rules govern the provision of telemedicine.  Each state’s rules governing telemedicine are different, but the applicable laws and rules are generally found in the state medical board’s rules, insurance codes, and when applicable, Medicaid rules.  This post focuses specifically on the telemedicine rules applicable to the practice of telemedicine in Tennessee.  This post does not discuss telemedicine prescribing rules or Medicaid rules.  If you have questions about telemedicine rules or would like to discuss this blog post, you may contact our healthcare and business law firm at (404) 685-1662 (Atlanta) or (706) 722-7886 (Augusta), or by email, info@hamillittle.com. You may also learn more about our law firm by visiting www.hamillittle.com.

Tennessee Rules

Telemedicine is authorized in Tennessee and the rules governing telemedicine are found in the Tennessee Code and Tennessee Rules and Regulations.  Below is an overview of requirements currently in Tennessee governing the practice of telemedicine. Continue reading ›

iStock-1014086596-1000x500-2-e1661804634296Our healthcare and business law firm previously published a blog post on the federal telemedicine rules.  Both Federal and State rules govern the provision of telemedicine.  Each state’s rules governing telemedicine are different, but the applicable laws and rules are generally found in the state medical board’s rules, insurance code, and when applicable, Medicaid rules.  This post focuses specifically on Texas’s telemedicine prescribing rules.  Our firm previously posted an  overview of Texas’s general telemedicine rules.  If you have questions about telemedicine rules or would like to discuss this blog post, you may contact our healthcare and business law firm at (404) 685-1662 (Atlanta) or (706) 722-7886 (Augusta), or by email, info@hamillittle.com. You may also learn more about our law firm by visiting www.hamillittle.com.

Texas Rules on Prescribing Based on a Telemedicine Visit

Texas’ rules governing telemedicine are found in the Texas Administrative Code and Texas Occupational Code.  Below is an overview of some requirements currently in Texas governing the practice of telemedicine. Continue reading ›

iStock_000033418316_Medium-e1626470315777Many of our healthcare and business law firm’s clients periodically face audits by insurance companies or governmental organizations, usually through a contractor.  Audits can be unnerving times for a practice to go through.  This blog post outlines 3 tips for handling an insurance audit.  The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare recently published that the flexibilities allowed during COVID-19 will soon end and practices should ensure compliant safety and billing practices.  As a result of this change after two and half years, practices may see increased audits.  If you have questions regarding this blog post or need counsel navigating an audit, you may contact us at (404) 685-1662 (Atlanta) or (706) 722-7886 (Augusta), or by email, info@hamillittle.com. You may also learn more about our law firm by visiting www.hamillittle.com.

  1. Take it Seriously at the Initial Record Request (and Not Just When They Ask for Repayment).

Many practices call us after the auditor requests repayment.  Almost always, the process starts before then with the auditor initiating an investigation by requesting additional records and information.  After the repayment is requested, however, there is an uphill battle to argue on behalf of your practice that no or less repayment is warranted.  The best chance that your practice has of both reducing any requested overpayment and persuading the auditor not to expand its investigation to more patients or a larger time period is during the response to the initial request for records and documentation.

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how-telehealth-regulation-changes-are-making-care-more-accessible-722x406-1-e1657306723291Our healthcare and business law firm previously published a blog post on the federal telemedicine rules.  Both Federal and State rules govern the provision of telemedicine.  Each state’s rules governing telemedicine are different, but the applicable laws and rules are generally found in the state medical board’s rules, insurance code, and when applicable, Medicaid rules.  This post focuses specifically on the telemedicine rules applicable to the practice of telemedicine in Texas.  This post does not discuss telemedicine prescribing rules or Medicaid rules.  If you have questions about telemedicine rules or would like to discuss this blog post, you may contact our healthcare and business law firm at (404) 685-1662 (Atlanta) or (706) 722-7886 (Augusta), or by email, info@hamillittle.com. You may also learn more about our law firm by visiting www.hamillittle.com.

Texas Rules

Texas’ rules governing telemedicine are found in the Texas Administrative Code and Texas Occupational Code.  Below is an overview of some requirements currently in Texas governing the practice of telemedicine. Continue reading ›

AAC-pic3-e1657233605933 At the 2022 Annual Augusta Arts Awards Dinner held in June, Hamil Little Partner Lee Little led her final meeting as President of the Greater Augusta Arts Council and passed the role to incoming President Rhian Swain. The event honored many individuals and groups whose talents and contributions are crucial to the arts community in Augusta. Ms. Little awarded the President’s Award – recognizing outstanding work in the arts in Augusta – to Russell Joel Brown, who performed a medley of songs at the event.


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An Augusta native, Russell Joel Brown has come home to Augusta from the “Big Apple”, New York City, where he was an actor, singer, and dancer for Broadway shows. He appeared on Broadway and international tours of Disney’s “The Lion King”, “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “The Scarlet Pimpernel”, “Big River” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’”. Also to his credit, he sang for the funerals of such luminaries as Thurgood Marshall, Arthur Ashe, Cab Calloway, and Dizzy Gillespie. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College.

Since returning to Augusta, he continues to impact the lives of children and adults alike by supporting non-profits in raising much-needed funds. The Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Colton Ballet Company, and many others have benefited from Mr. Brown’s fundraising concerts. Between 2002 and 2005, his one-man show, From Mozart to Motown, sold out the 850-seat Imperial Theater 5 times. His tour de force performance as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in “Ragtime” was the talk of the 2019 theatrical season.

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Our healthcare and business law firm previously published a blog post on the federal telemedicine rules and the general Georgia telemedicine rules.  Both Federal and State rules govern the provision of telemedicine.  Each state’s rules governing telemedicine are different, and there are specific rules around prescribing medicine from a telemedicine visit.  A previous post provided an overview of Georgia’s telemedicine rules.  This post focuses specifically on Georgia’s telemedicine prescribing rules.  If you have questions about telemedicine rules or would like to discuss this blog post, you may contact our healthcare and business law firm at (404) 685-1662 (Atlanta) or (706) 722-7886 (Augusta), or by email, info@hamillittle.com. You may also learn more about our law firm by visiting www.hamillittle.com.

Georgia Telemedicine Rules for Prescribing

The general restrictions on prescribing via telemedicine is with (a) pain management and (b) controlled substances.  As such, if the requirements to allow telemedicine are met, the provider can prescribe any medically necessary medications therefrom.  The restrictions come into play if those medications are controlled substances. Continue reading ›

blog-2-lede-photo-e1656706231616Our healthcare and business law firm previously published a blog post on the federal telemedicine rules.  Both Federal and State rules govern the provision of telemedicine.  Each state’s rules governing telemedicine are different, and there are specific rules around prescribing medicine from a telemedicine visit.  A previous post provided an overview of Alabama’s telemedicine rules.  This post focuses specifically on Alabama’s telemedicine prescribing rules.  If you have questions about telemedicine rules or would like to discuss this blog post, you may contact our healthcare and business law firm at (404) 685-1662 (Atlanta) or (706) 722-7886 (Augusta), or by email, info@hamillittle.com. You may also learn more about our law firm by visiting www.hamillittle.com.

 

Alabama Rules on Prescribing Based on a Telemedicine Visits

A physician may prescribe medications via telemedicine so long as it would otherwise be authorized under applicable state and federal law.  All telemedicine services provided must comply with all federal and state laws and regulations applicable to such services, including HIPAA, and the physician must take reasonable precautions to protect the privacy and security of all verbal, visual, written, or other communications involved therein. Ala. Code § 34-24-705. Continue reading ›

csm_FlatDesign-Telework_c532b56131-e1645230859515Our healthcare and business law firm previously published a blog post on the federal telemedicine rules.  Both Federal and State rules govern the provision of telemedicine.  Each state’s rules governing telemedicine are different, but the applicable laws and rules are generally found in the state medical board’s rules, insurance code, and, when applicable, Medicaid rules.  This post focuses specifically on the telemedicine rules applicable to the practice of telemedicine in Alabama.  This post does not discuss telemedicine prescribing rules.  If you have questions about telemedicine rules or would like to discuss this blog post, you may contact our healthcare and business law firm at (404) 685-1662 (Atlanta) or (706) 722-7886 (Augusta), or by email, info@hamillittle.com. You may also learn more about our law firm by visiting www.hamillittle.com.

Alabama Rules Prior to July 11, 2022

Telemedicine authority in Alabama is new.  In fact, the law discussed herein (Act No. 2022-302) does not go into effect until July 11, 2022.  Prior to the enactment of Act No. 2022-302, there was little to no authority regulating telemedicine versus traditional in-person medical practice, and physicians were held to the same standard of care, regardless of treatment modality, regarding such matters as the establishment of a physician-patient relationship and the prescribing of controlled substances and other medications. Prior to the enactment of Act No. 2022-302, physicians treating Alabama citizens via telemedicine had to have the medical license and controlled license of an Alabama physician and were held to the same standards as in-person treatment. See, e.g., Ala. Admin § 540-X-9-.11.  Regarding prescribing controlled substances, telemedicine physicians were required to adhere to all federal and state statutes, and federal regulations currently require a previous in-person examination before prescribing controlled substances via telemedicine, except in a declared health emergency.  Id.

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