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Telehealth: The Wave of the Future for Both Medicine and Enforcement

The prevalent view is that telehealth will remain an integral part of our healthcare system post-PHE and may even continue to expand. And that means criminal and civil enforcement focused on fraud committed using, or furthered by the use of, telehealth will be expanding as well, particularly when one looks at the dollars that a regulator can bring in for fraud or noncompliance.

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Before COVID-19 hit our shores, digital health was starting to take hold as the wave of the future for the practice of medicine. An AMA study from 2019 noted that at least 87% of physicians saw an advantage to using these digital tools. “Use of … digital health tools … has increased and the average number of those tools used per physician has also increased. The largest increases were in tele-visits (usage doubled from 14% in 2016 to 28% in 2019) and remote monitoring for improved care.”

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