Teladoc has urged a federal appeals court not to toss out its challenge of the Texas Medical Board's controversial telemedicine restrictions.
The telehealth company asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the board's attempts to thwart its suit, saying the lower court's decision isn't up for appellate review.
The Lewisville, Texas-based company sued the state board in April after it passed a rule requiring that physicians meet with a patient in person before treating them remotely or have another provider physically present during telemedicine visits. The board maintained that the rule wasn't strictly covering telemedicine and would protect the quality of care.
But Teladoc said the medical board needed state supervision to create the restrictive rules, alleging it violated antitrust rules and curbed healthcare access in the state.