July 5, 2022

Volume XII, Number 186

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West Virginia Health Care Authority Issues First Telemedicine Decision

The West Virginia Health Care Authority ("HCA") recently issued its first decision on a telemedicine Certificate of Need ("CON") application.  The HCA denied the application of a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center affiliate, University of Pittsburgh Physicians ("UPP"), to provide telemedicine services throughout West Virginia.  In re: University of Pittsburgh Physicians, "CON" File No. 15-WV-10524-P (WV HCA, May 9, 2016).

The Authority reviewed the application under the “ambulatory healthcare facility” standards.  In a 2012 application (later withdrawn), the "HCA" had previously directed an out-of-state telemedicine applicant to use the ambulatory health care facility standards in completing the application, but that application was later withdrawn.

The Authority denied the "UPP" application on the basis that need had not been demonstrated and that the “continuum of care” criteria were not met.  With regard to need, the "HCA" was critical of the state-wide approach by "UPP" (rather than county by county), and the disparity between its projections and actual experience as to telemedicine utilization.

Under the "CON" proposal, "UPP" would have billed patients directly for services.  The decision, therefore, does not necessarily implicate the provision of telemedicine service arrangements in which the service provider does not bill consumers directly.  For example, services billed by local providers, but provided by physicians operating remotely, would not necessarily be affected by the decision.

The most recent statutory changes to the "CON" laws do not contain any provisions specific to telemedicine, so the decision will remain important to assessing telemedicine proposals.

© Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume VI, Number 152
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About this Author

Gordon H. Copland, Steptoe Johnson, Complex health Litigation Attorney, Patent Trademarks Lawyer
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Gordon Copland concentrates his practice in complex litigation and health care matters. He routinely represents clients before the Health Care Authority (HCA) and other state regulatory boards on certificate of need, licensure, and related health care matters. He has extensive experience in antitrust litigation and in intellectual property litigation, including patents and trademarks.

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