Foley & Lardner LLP Partner Nathaniel Lacktman and Senior Counsel Aaron Maguregui were featured in a Healthcare Finance News article, “Regulatory risk in the business of telehealth,” breaking down legal issues new digital companies need to navigate to avoid pitfalls. The article covers Foley’s panel at the American Telemedicine Association Annual Conference & Expo, the world’s largest telehealth innovation event, held in Boston this week. In a deep-dive session titled, “The Business of Telehealth: Legal Issues Around Telehealth,” Nathaniel Lacktman, Alexis Finkelberg Bortniker, Kyle Faget, Thomas (T.J.) Ferrante, and Aaron Maguregui discussed the regulations that rule risk for telehealth providers.
When elaborating on the theme of “what’s next” for telehealth, Lacktman said, “we're seeing suggestions the public health emergency may not be extended,” noting the ever present “fear and anxiety about the telehealth cliff." The public health emergency is scheduled to end in July.
Maguregui emphasized the importance of telehealth providers understanding the risk of collecting and sharing information that could be considered patient data protected by HIPAA. "There is definitely regulatory risk," Maguregui said. "The greater risk is public perception."