Taskforce on Telehealth Policy Public Comment Town Hall

Posted Alliance for Connected Care Events, Press Release, Taskforce on Telehealth Policy

Taskforce on Telehealth Policy Public Comment Town Hall Please join us to share your thoughts on key telehealth policy questions post-COVID-19 at a Public Comment Town Hall on August 4 at 1pm ET.  Register here: https://bit.ly/3jRpQ7y The Alliance for Connected Care is proud to be partnering with NCQA and the American Telemedicine Association to launch […]

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Recording: Legislative Advocacy Kickoff with the House Telehealth Caucus

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

Legislative Advocacy Kickoff with the House Telehealth Caucus The Alliance for Connected Care joined several organizations to host a virtual rally with House Telehealth Caucus Representatives Thompson (D-CA), Welch (D-VT), Schweikert (R-AZ) Johnson (R-OH) and Matsui (D-CA) to discuss the bipartisan Protecting Access to Post-Covid-19 Telehealth Act. The Alliance for Connected Care (“The Alliance”) was […]

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HOUSE TELEHEALTH LEADERS MOVE TO PROTECT ACCESS POST-COVID-19

Posted Alliance for Connected Care COVID-19, Press Release

HOUSE LEADERS MOVE TO PROTECT ACCESS TO TELEHEALTH POST-COVID-19

July 16, 2020 – The Alliance for Connected Care (“The Alliance”) is pleased to support the bipartisan Protecting Access to Post-Covid-19 Telehealth Act and we applaud Representatives Thompson (D-CA), Welch (D-VT), Schweikert (R-AZ) Johnson (R-OH) and Matsui (D-CA) for their leadership on this important bill.

“Telehealth services have been a lifeline for more than 9 million seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act will ensure that this access does not disappear once the coronavirus emergency is over,” said Krista Drobac, Executive Director of the Alliance for Connected Care.  “We encourage all Representatives to cosponsor this important legislation.”

The Alliance has long worked with legislators to eliminate outdated 1834(m) originating site and geographic restrictions including longstanding work to support the bipartisan, bicameral Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act.  However, in light of the central role telehealth has played in supporting our national response to COVID-19, we are pleased to also endorse the more direct action taken by this bill.

Recently, the Alliance helped convene 340 organizations on a letter calling for Congress to make several meaningful and permanent action to address statutory barriers to telehealth.  Those groups uniformly called for the remove obsolete restrictions on the location of the patient, expanded HHS authority to determine appropriate providers and services for telehealth, continued telehealth payment for Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics and an automatic waiver HHS waiver authority for future emergencies.  This legislation takes decisive action on three of those goals.

The Alliance is dedicated to improving access to care through the adoption of telemedicine and remote patient monitoring. Our membership brings together diverse industry leaders – from providers of direct patient engagement to physician consultation and remote monitoring, as well as the connected care technologies that are already facilitating the future of health care delivery.  Members of the Alliance for Connected Care have seen firsthand how expanded access to telehealth and remote patient monitoring can better coordinate care, create economic efficiencies, and drive better health outcomes.

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Medicare Telehealth Guidance Documents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Guidance for Medicare Fee-for Service Payment from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expanded Medicare coverage for telehealth visits, implementing new powers under the coronavirus legislation.  These changes temporarily remove originating site and geographic restrictions from coverage of telehealth under Medicare fee-for-service.  […]

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Comment Period Extended: Taskforce on Telehealth Policy Invites Public Input

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The multi-stakeholder Taskforce on Telehealth Policy is seeking input from the public as it develops policy recommendations to advance quality and patient experience while establishing a stable, long-term environment that fosters the growth and integration of remote services within the healthcare system. The public comment period has been extended to Monday, July 13. Taskforce conveners will […]

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