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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Stakeholder Letter – Telehealth for People with High-Deductible Health Plans

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

On March 20, a group of leading organizations called on Congress to pass legislation that amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers and health plans to cover telehealth services pre-deductible in Health Savings Account-eligible high deductible health plans during this health care crisis. This legislation would build on efforts by Congress to […]

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Letter from Leading Telehealth, Provider, and Expert Groups Asking for a Follow-up Tweak for Healthcare Providers to be able to Better use the Medicare Telehealth Provision from the First Coronavirus Package

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

Leading telehealth, provider, and expert groups sent a letter to leaders in the House and Senate for a follow-up tweak for healthcare providers to be able to better use the Medicare telehealth provision from the first COVID-19 (coronavirus) package.

Alliance Sends Letter to Congressional Leaders on Telehealth for COVID-19

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

The Alliance for Connected Care sent a letter to eight Congressional leaders to include a provision in the COVID-19 supplemental appropriation that will allow telehealth visits to be covered in traditional Medicare during the public health emergency. Including this provision in the upcoming supplemental legislation will encourage health systems and others to leverage telehealth in […]

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Krista Drobac Testifies in Support of Maryland Senate Bill 402

Posted Alliance for Connected Care Press Releases

On February 13, Krista Drobac testified in support of Maryland Senate Bill 402, an Act authorizing certain health care practitioners to establish a practitioner-patient relationship through telehealth and requiring a health care practitioner providing telehealth services to be held to the same standards of practice as in-person settings. “The most important thing we can do […]

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Alliance Submits Comments to HHS on Stark and Anti-Kickback Safeharbors for Telehealth

Posted Alliance for Connected Care Letters, Press Releases

Comments & Letters The Alliance for Connected Care provided feedback to HHS on proposed rules revising safe-harbors under the Anti-Kickback Statute and Civil Monetary Penalty rules on beneficiary inducements.   The Alliance focused its comments on four priority areas for telehealth and remote patient monitoring in the proposed rule: Request for comment on the possible exclusion […]

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Alliance Submits Comments to Rural and Underserved Communities Task Force RFI

Posted Alliance for Connected Care Press Releases

Comments & Letters The Alliance for Connected Care provided input on priority topics that affect the health status of people in rural and underserved communities. We applaud the leadership of Task Force co-chairs Reps. Danny Davis (D-IL), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), and Jodey Arrington (R-TX) in bringing for this important effort to the […]

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