December 15, 2017

WorkCompRecap: Toward Telemedicine!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the TDI-DWC’s recent announcement of its posting of an informal rule geared toward helping expand the use of telemedicine in the state’s workers’ comp system.

Currently telemedicine within the Texas workers’ comp system is limited by Medicare based reimbursement restrictions relating to “underserved” areas, which are typically rural regions with insufficient access to health care providers, and must be provided in a doctor’s office, hospital, or certain clinics. The DWC’s informal rule would eliminate the restrictions that limit the use of telemedicine in workers’ comp to underserved areas, thus allowing telemedicine everywhere in Texas, and would eliminate the requirement that telemedicine be provided in a doctor’s office, hospital, or certain clinic. Instead, an injured employee can be anywhere at the time they receive telemedicine services. The DWC noted that other existing rules for telemedicine, like those governing quality of service and documentation requirements would still apply.

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