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Health Care Fraud In “Operation Rubber Stamp,” more than $1.5 billion in allegedly fraudulent billings to government health-care programs were identified, and charges filed against multiple defendants. (Credit: H_Ko / Shutterstock.com)

Utilizing telehealth platforms to deliver health-care services is an area of recent, rapid expansion. Since the worldwide spread of COVID-19, safe access to health-care services has been limited, and demand for telehealth services has surged. By one estimate,  the number of telemedicine consultations increased thirtyfold to more than 35 million in 2020’s second quarter.

According to Epstein Becker Green’s 2020 Telemental Health Laws survey, this year alone, many providers and patients transitioned to using telehealth platforms out of necessity. Regulators implemented measures to increase access to health care through telehealth, including waivers and other regulatory modifications related to professional licensure and use of telehealth technology, and in some cases amendments to existing and/or enacted new regulations focused on telehealth utilization.

 

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