The Texas Med­i­cal Board wants a fed­eral ap­peals court to con­sider over­turn­ing a lower court’s De­cem­ber de­ci­sion to al­low a case filed against it by telemedicine provider Te­ladoc.

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Such in­ter­locu­tory ap­peals—ap­peals of de­ci­sions made at the district court level be­fore the district court has fin­ished con­sid­er­ing an en­tire case— are rarely al­lowed. Te­ladoc sued the board in April over a rule that states that be­fore physicians treat pa­tients re­motely for the first time, they must ei­ther meet with pa­tients in per­son or treat them face to face via tech­nol­ogy while other providers are phys­i­cally present with those pa­tients. Te­ladoc al­leges the rule vi­o­lates an­titrust laws be­cause it would re­strict the com­pany’s abil­ity to com­pete, re­sult­ing in higher prices and less ac­cess to doc­tors for Tex­ans. Ex­perts say the case has po­ten­tial im­pli­ca­tions for how med­i­cal boards reg­u­late telemedicine across the coun­try.

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