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Denial of Medicare Telehealth Payment to Overseas Doctors Upheld

Jan. 18, 2022, 8:29 PM

A telehealth company’s lawsuit aimed at forcing Medicare to pay for services provided by non-U.S. based doctors was properly dismissed because the company didn’t submit claims for payment to the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said Tuesday.

Health providers can’t bring lawsuits over Medicare reimbursements without first presenting concrete claims to the agency and pursuing administrative remedies prescribed in the Medicare statute, the department said.

RICU LLC, also known as RemoteICU, is a provider of inpatient telehealth services in intensive care units. It has contracts with over 250 hospitals ...

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