What a $1.2B fraud scheme means for telemedicine

Mackenzie Garrity - 4 hours ago Print | Email Top executives from five telemedicine companies were charged for their alleged participation in a $1.2 billion healthcare fraud scheme. Their actions could amplify concerns regarding malpractice in telemedicine, according to a Business Insider report. Federal prosecutors claim telemarketers would call Medicare beneficiaries to get them to accept free or low-cost durable medical equipment braces, regardless of medical necessity. The call centers would then transfer the patients to a telemedicine company for a consultation. That physician would allegedly prescribe the braces to the patients without in-person consolations. The alleged defendants received kickbacks from the medical equipment companies. This isn't the only story that is leaving some skeptical about the use of telemedicine. A study in Pediatrics found patients were more likely to be prescribed antibi...