Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery Request for Information (RFI)

Posted Alliance for Connected Care COVID-19, Letters, Press Release

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted comments in response to the HHS request for information on the health and economic emergency created by the COVID-19. The Alliance responded to over 20 recent policy changes with recommendations. We believe some should become permanent and some were only appropriate during the PHE and should cease at its […]

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Input for the CONNECT for Health Act of 2021

Posted Alliance for Connected Care Letters, Press Release

The Alliance for Connected Care provided feedback on the Senate Telehealth Working Group and Congressional Telehealth Caucus’ request for information (RFI) on the 117th Congress’ iteration of the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act. The Alliance provided 1) overarching comments about top priorities for telehealth legislation, 2) recommend […]

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Alliance Joins Letter to Hill in Support of Temporary Extension of DEA Waiver in COVID Relief Package

Posted Alliance for Connected Care COVID-19, Letters, Press Releases

The $908 Billion Bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020 – While its outcome remains very much in doubt, the $908 Billion bipartisan compromise proposal put forward in the Senate includes a provision to temporarily extend the DEA waiver of the in-person requirement through the end of 2021.

We urge Congress to extend the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) waiver of the prior in-person requirement before telemedicine is allowed for prescribing of controlled substances under the Ryan Haight Act through the end of 2021. The DEA has waived this requirement for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).1 To provide stability and time for work on a more permanent policy, the waiver should be extended at least until the end of 2021. This provision is included in the $908 billion Bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020.

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Digital Health Groups Call on Congress to Extend Telehealth Access

Posted Alliance for Connected Care COVID-19, Letters, Press Release, Press Releases

The Alliance for Connected Care, American Telemedicine Association, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Connected Health Initiative, eHealth Initiative, Health Innovation Alliance, HIMSS and the PCHAlliance called on Congressional leaders to act to preserve access to telehealth as part of an end of year package. “While we seek permanent reforms to enable Medicare beneficiaries to […]

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More than 80 Organizations Call on DEA to Finalize Special Registration for Telemedicine

Posted Alliance for Connected Care Letters, Press Release

The Alliance convened over 80 organizations in a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) calling on the DEA to finalize the special registration for telemedicine. Background on the DEA Telemedicine Regulation Special registration to prescribe controlled substances through telemedicine was originally called for in the Ryan Haight Act of 2008.  The Ryan Haight Act […]

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340 ORGANIZATIONS SEND LETTER TO CONGRESS URGING ACTION ON TELEHEALTH

Posted Alliance for Connected Care Letters, Press Release

Congress Must Act to Ensure Patients and Providers Don’t Fall Off the “Telehealth Cliff” When Public Health Emergency Ends Today, 340 organizations signed a letter urging Congressional leaders to make telehealth flexibilities created during the COVID-19 pandemic permanent. Those signing this multi-stakeholder letter include national and regional organizations representing a full range of health care […]

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Alliance Comments on the COVID-19 Interim Final Rule

Posted Alliance for Connected Care COVID-19, Letters, Press Release

On April 14,  the Alliance for Connected Care wrote the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to the COVID-19 Interim Final Rule.   The Alliance emphasized the importance of the many changes that were made, and requested several next steps for CMS, leveraging new authorities that is has received under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, […]

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