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New Bill Could Make Medicare More Telehealth-Friendly

Tuesday, May 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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New Bill Could Make Medicare More Telehealth-Friendly

Medicare could become much more open to telehealth if legislation introduced in the Senate recently makes its way into law. The proposal, supported by APTA, would expand where telehealth can take place, as well as which patients and providers can participate—including physical therapist (PTs) participating in some bundled payment models, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and Medicare Advantage plans.

The bill, called the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act (S. 1016) was introduced last week and would ease or eliminate many current Medicare restrictions on telehealth coverage and give the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) authority to further expand provisions.

APTA joined the American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Medical Association, and other health care organizations in the list of supporters of the bill.

A House of Representatives version of the bill is expected to be introduced in the coming months. APTA government affairs staff will continue to track the progress of the legislation.



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