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  • Congress Considers Multiple Telehealth Bills

    Medscape

    Pressure within Congress to expand Medicare coverage of telehealth and remote monitoring services is approaching critical mass. Multiple bills have recently been introduced with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, and a new bipartisan Congressional Telehealth Caucus has been formed in the House. The four members of congress who initiated that caucus — Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif), Gregg Harper (R-Mass), Diane Black (R-Tenn), and Peter Welch (D-Vt) — also on May 19 launched two related pieces of legislation, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act and the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017. Both bills are being reintroduced from previous sessions of Congress in which they failed to advance.

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  • VT Legislature Approves Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill

    mHealth Intelligence

    Legislation that has been passed by the Vermont House and Senate aims to extend and regulate telemedicine reimbursement within the state. The bill includes new requirements for payers to reimburse telemedicine services, and modifies regulations related to how payers could charge beneficiaries. If Governor Phil Scott (R) signs the legislation, S.50 will come into effect on October 1, 2017 and will apply to Medicaid  and all other health insurance plans. Under the bill, the Department of Vermont Health Access (VHA) must ensure that both the treating clinician and the hosting facility are reimbursed for the services rendered, unless the health care providers at both the host and service sites are employed by the same entity. Along with guaranteeing clinician and facility reimbursement, payers will be required to treat telemedicine as if it were an in-person visit between a beneficiary and a provider. 

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  • Telehealth-friendly CHRONIC Care Act Passes First Senate Hurdle

    mHealth Intelligence

    A bill that would boost telehealth services for chronic care treatment is headed to a Senate vote after breezing through a committee review this week. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S.870), sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), also got some good news from the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO gave the bill a favorable score in its preliminary cost estimate, saying it would neither add to nor decrease Medicare spending over the next decade. The CHRONIC Care Act targets Medicare payment reform, a popular catchphrase in Washington D.C. these days. Its goal is to push Medicare costs down by improvement chronic disease management services and care coordination at home. 

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