Effective June 11, 2018, all Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) health care providers will be able to offer the same level of care to all beneficiaries regardless of the beneficiary’s or the health care provider’s location. In its recently released final rule, the VA stated that in December 2016 Congress mandated that the agency provide veterans with a self-scheduling, online appointment system, and that the agency meet the demands for the provision of health care services to veterans, regardless of whether such care was provided in-person or using telehealth technologies. As a general rule, most telehealth practitioners are required to comply with various and state-specific licensing, registration, and certification requirements in order to render health care services via telehealth. Failure to do so can potentially jeopardize a practitioner’s professional credentials and could expose them to penalties including fines and imprisonment for the unauthorized practice of medicine or other health care services. These state-specific requirements create certain challenges for telehealth practitioners seeking to practice across state lines.
Caratti v FCT
In Caratti v FCT (No 2)  FCA 568, Mr Caratti (Taxpayer) failed to receive orders from the Federal Court for interim injunctions restraining the ATO from taking recovery action against him for outstanding tax debts of approximately $11 million. The ATO agreed to refrain from undertaking recovery action in exchange for securities and guarantees given by the Taxpayer and his guarantors, under a Deed of Agreement (Deed), however, there was a dispute as to the value of the assets under the Deed which led to the matter being heard in the Federal Court.