Texas Medical Board

By Jonah Comstock December 4, 2017
When Texas passed its telemedicine law in May, Teladoc told Babyforyou.net.ua that the passage of the law would functionally end the long lawsuit between Teladoc and the Texas State Medical Board. Last week that became official, as the telemedicine company officially announced the end of the suit.  "Effective today, Teladoc has voluntarily dismissed the longstanding lawsuit in Texas," the company...
By Jonah Comstock May 26, 2017
In the State of Texas, a major piece of telemedicine legislation is sitting on Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. Known as Senate Bill 1107 and House Bill 2697, the bill abolishes the requirement that patient-physician relationships be established with an in-person visit before telemedicine can be used. (Update: As expected, Abbott signed the bill on Saturday.) Texas is the final state of 50 to abolish...
By Heather Mack March 2, 2017
The latest legislative effort to establish telemedicine guidelines in Texas may finally be what everyone has been waiting for. Senator Charles Schwertner submitted a bill this week created out of months of negotiations between various medical boards, regulatory agencies and industry groups, and it contains a compromise that may finally bring an end to the longtime telemedicine standoff in the...
By Jonah Comstock November 9, 2016
Teladoc and the Texas Medical Board have asked for, and received, a stay in their ongoing lawsuit. The case will resume in Western Texas District Court on April 19, 2017. The case, which concerns whether anti-telemedicine regulations levvied by the board constitute a violation of antitrust laws, was set to resume after the board withdrew an appeal to the Fifth Circuit court. But both parties...
By Jonah Comstock October 19, 2016
In an unusual move, the Texas Medical Board has dropped its appeal in its case against Teladoc. The appeal itself was an unusual move, as the board appealed not the lower court's final decision, but its rejection of the state's motion to dismiss the case. Teladoc, which offers remote medical visits, sued the TMB in state court way back in April 2015, alleging that because the board was made up of...
By Jonah Comstock September 12, 2016
Teladoc's antitrust lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board (TMB) is still a long way from over, but an amicus curie brief filed this morning in the Fifth Circuit Court shows that the telemedicine company has friends in high places: namely, the US Federal Trade Commission. A quick refresher: Teladoc sued the TMB in state court way back in April 2015, alleging that because the board was made up of...
By Jonah Comstock December 15, 2015
The judge in the case of Teladoc versus the Texas Medical Board has denied the board’s motion to dismiss the suit, responding to each of three claims that the suit was invalid, originally made in September. In the process, Judge Robert Pitman settled the issue of “active supervision”, a highly salient point in the case. In April, Teladoc sued the Texas Medical Board, alleging that a 2010 rule...
By Jonah Comstock September 28, 2015
The Texas office of the Attorney General weighed in on a motion to dismiss Teladoc's antitrust suit against the Texas State Medical Board on the grounds that there is, in fact, state supervision of the medical board which would make it a state agency under law and therefore immune to suit. Politico first spotted the news. In April, Teladoc sued the Texas Medical Board, alleging that a recently...
By Jonah Comstock April 30, 2015
One month ago, I wrote about how a Supreme Court case with little to do with digital health on the surface could turn out to be a game changer for telemedicine. It only took a month for the first lawsuit to put that new precedent to the test, and the players involved are big ones. Fresh off the news of its IPO filing, Dallas, Texas-based Teladoc sued the Texas Medical Board, alleging that a...
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