Comments & Letters2022-07-14T17:58:09-04:00
1309, 2022

Alliance Submits Comments to the Proposed CY 2023 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)

September 13th, 2022|

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted comments in response to the CMS Calendar Year (CY) 2023 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Proposed Rule. The Alliance applauded the proposal to ensure the continuation of patient access to mental health services from hospital-based providers after the conclusion of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). The Alliance is committed to leveraging telehealth and remote patient monitoring to improve the quality of care while also lowering costs and improving efficiency, and we believe this extension will help to serve [...]

1309, 2022

Hundreds of Stakeholders Call on Senate Leaders to Make Telehealth a Priority This Fall

September 13th, 2022|

Washington, DC, September 13, 2022 – Today, an astounding 375 organizations sent a joint letter to bipartisan leadership of the U.S. Senate urging action on telehealth legislation this fall. Policy certainty beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) is essential to continuing access to telehealth for both Medicare and commercial market patients. The letter urges the Senate to pass a two-year extension of important telehealth policies enacted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are currently set to expire 151 days after the end of the PHE. The letter represents the diversity of groups across the health [...]

609, 2022

Comment Letter on CY 2023 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

September 6th, 2022|

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted comments on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule for calendar year (CY) 2023, which includes several important reforms with respect to telehealth. The Alliance emphasized the following overarching priorities: While we appreciate and support the effort from CMS to create more temporary Category 3 codes (and its proposal to retain these codes through the end of CY 2023), we are disappointed CMS did not find sufficient clinical benefit to add any of the proposed Category 1 or Category 2 codes. We continue to believe these temporary codes do not [...]

3108, 2022

Alliance Submits Comments in Response to CMS RFI on Medicare Advantage

August 31st, 2022|

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted comments in response to the request for information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. The Alliance specifically commented on the role that telehealth has played in providing access to care in the MA program and key policy considerations for CMS to ensure this care modality is available and effectively utilized within the MA program moving forward. Top recommendations to CMS include: Move forward with dramatic expansions to the use of telehealth to meet network adequacy requirements; Clarify that the use of diagnoses [...]

108, 2022

Alliance Submits Comments in response to the Health and Human Services’ Strengthen Primary Health Care RFI

August 1st, 2022|

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted comments in response to the request for information from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on strengthening primary health care. The Alliance specifically commented on impact of telehealth in primary care access. The Alliance recommends the HHS to: Prevent restrictions, such as in-person visits requirements on primary care, that prevent telehealth from effectively bridging primary care gaps, especially in areas where the primary health care workforce is already limited; Reduce payment or practice barriers restricting the locations from which providers can offer telehealth (such as their homes) - creating [...]

3103, 2022

Alliance submits comments in response to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Strengthening Community Health Through Technology RFI

March 31st, 2022|

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted comments in response to the request for information from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on strengthening community health through technology. The Alliance specifically commented on the burdensome licensure requirements which create a barrier in access to virtual health care. The Alliance recommends the federal government to: Develop and implement a national framework for interstate licensure; and Address state licensing limitations that impact clinical trial recruitment and diversity. The Alliance believes telehealth and remote patient monitoring are important tools for bringing innovative services and treatments to those with the [...]

1203, 2022

Alliance submits comments in response to Healthy Future Task Force Treatments Subcommittee RFI

March 12th, 2022|

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted comments in response to the request for information from the Treatments Subcommittee of the Healthy Future Task Force regarding medical innovation to supercharge the availability and development of life-saving treatments, devices, and diagnostics, while addressing rising costs to patients. The Alliance specifically commented on the question under “Goal 4: Increase access to medical innovation” about decentralizing clinical trials in order to expand access to innovative treatments to patients through remote monitoring. The Alliance believes continuing to modernize and decentralize clinical trials is critical for creating opportunities for more diversity and patient engagement. Obviating the [...]

403, 2022

Alliance submits comments in response to Healthy Future Task Force Modernization Subcommittee RFI

March 4th, 2022|

The Alliance for Connected Care provided comments in response to the Healthy Future Task Force Modernization Subcommittee request for information regarding the utilization of wearable technologies, the expansion of telemedicine, and digital modernization efforts in the United States health care system. The goal of the Healthy Future Task Force is to build on Republican health policy goals and craft patient-focused agendas for the future. The Modernization Subcommittee aims to harness technological innovations to deliver affordable, quality care to all Americans. The Alliance believes telehealth has the potential to broaden access to care and improve patient engagement and outcomes, and [...]

2102, 2022

Alliance Support Letter for Kansas SB 454

February 21st, 2022|

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Sen. Richard Hilderbrand, Senate Majority Whip and Chair, Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare, for Senate Bill 454. Senate Bill 454 would amend the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) authorized scope of practice to permit the prescribing of controlled substances without a supervising physician. This bill would help to eliminate barriers such as collaborative practice agreements with a supervising physician and grant full practice authority to improve access to care for Kansas patients. Allowing APRNs to practice at the top of their licenses means allowing them to use all [...]

2102, 2022

Alliance Support Letter for South Dakota SB 134

February 21st, 2022|

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Sen. Erin Tobin, Vice-Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, for Senate Bill 134. Senate Bill 134 would modernize Physician Assistant (PA) practice and remove the outdated collaborative agreement with a physician in order to put all advanced practice providers on equal footing. The bill would allow experienced PAs to collaborate with, consult with, or refer to the appropriate member of the health care team. This important legislation would help increase patient access to health care services for all South Dakotans, especially as rural and medically underserved communities across [...]

1802, 2022

Alliance Support Letter for Minnesota SB 2303

February 18th, 2022|

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Paul J. Utke, the Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee, for Senate Bill 2303. The bill would adopt the Nurse Licensure Compact in the State of Minnesota. The Nurse Licensure Compact allows for the issuance of multistate licenses that allow nurses to practice in their home state and other compact states, without having to obtain additional licenses. This bill is critical because it allows for mutual recognition of state licenses between states participating in the compact. One of the biggest barriers to telehealth becoming a [...]

1702, 2022

Alliance Support Letter for Virginia SB 1245

February 17th, 2022|

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Sen. George Barker, Chair of Subcommittee on Health Professions Senate Education and Health Committee, for Senate Bill 1245. Senate Bill 1245 would repeal the sunset provision included in a bill that passed in 2021 (House Bill 1737) that reduced the number of years of full-time clinical experience a nurse practitioner must have to be eligible to practice without a written or electronic practice agreement from five years to two years. By reducing the transition to practice requirement for nurse practitioners (NPs) to two years on a permanent basis, House Bill 1245 [...]

1602, 2022

Alliance Submits Comments to FSMB Draft Report on Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies

February 16th, 2022|

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted comments in response to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) request for comments on the draft document entitled “Report on the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine.” The Alliance offered comments we hope the FSMB Workgroup on Telemedicine will consider as it finalizes this document in the coming weeks. We primarily offer recommendations around the provision of audio-only telehealth, reforming licensure laws and regulations, removing restrictive in-person requirements for establishing a provider-patient relationship, and addressing health equity through broadband access and affordability. Summarized below are takeaways from our [...]

902, 2022

Alliance Support Letter for Utah SB 151

February 9th, 2022|

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Sen. Curtis S. Bramble, Chair of the Utah Senate Business and Labor Committee, for Senate Bill 151. Senate Bill 151 would adopt the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact. Under this compact, Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) licensed in a Compact member state may practice in another Compact member state, allowing APRNs to have one multistate license with the ability to practice in all Compact states without having to obtain additional licenses. The APRN Compact would establish multistate compacts that have reciprocity and that do not require additional licensing, while simultaneously [...]

802, 2022

Alliance submits letter of support for Maryland HB 670 – Study on Expansion of Interstate Telehealth

February 8th, 2022|

On February 8, the Alliance for Connected Care submitted a letter of support for Maryland House Bill 670, which would require the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) to study the ways that interstate telehealth can be expanded to allow Maryland residents to use telehealth to receive health services from out-of-state practitioners. As a telehealth advocacy organization, the Alliance believes that one of the biggest barriers to telehealth becoming a regular patient and provider choice is the administrative burden caused by the variation in licensure requirements from state to state. This bill would allow the state to evaluate the role [...]

802, 2022

Alliance Support Letter for Maryland SB 154

February 8th, 2022|

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, Chair of the Maryland Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, for Senate bill 154. Senate Bill 154 would adopt the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact. Under this compact, Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) licensed in a Compact member state may practice in another Compact member state, allowing APRNs to have one multistate license with the ability to practice in all Compact states without having to obtain additional licenses. The APRN Compact would establish multistate compacts that have reciprocity and that do not require additional licensing, [...]

702, 2022

Alliance Statement on the Introduction of the Telehealth Extension and Evaluation Act

February 7th, 2022|

Legislation by Senators Cortez Masto and Young creates the path to retain patient access to telehealth WASHINGTON D.C. February 7, 2022 – The Alliance for Connected Care (“The Alliance”) is pleased to support the introduction of the bipartisan Telehealth Extension and Evaluation Act (S. 3593) and applauds Senators Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Young (R-IN) for their leadership in drafting this crucial legislation to ensure predictable patient access to telehealth following the end of the public health emergency. “We call on Congress to take up and pass the Telehealth Evaluation and Extension Act this spring, said Alliance for Connected Care [...]

402, 2022

Stakeholders send letter to Senate HELP Committee leaders urging consideration of addressing state licensing limitations in clinical trials

February 4th, 2022|

Today, 17 organizations sent a letter to Senate HELP Committee leaders, urging them to consider addressing state licensing limitations in clinical trials in the Prepare for and Respond to Existing Viruses, Emerging New Threats, and Pandemics Act (PREVENT Pandemics Act). The discussion draft of the PREVENT Pandemics Act was released by Senate HELP Committee leadership last week. This bipartisan legislation is focused on strengthening the nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response systems in the wake of COVID-19. Section 502 of the PREVENT Pandemics Act is focused on modernizing clinical trials, and would require the FDA to issue [...]

202, 2022

Alliance Submits Comments to House Ways & Means Committee on America’s Mental Health

February 2nd, 2022|

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted a letter to the House Ways & Means Committee providing input to the Committee hearing on "America's Mental Health Crisis."  Our letter summarizes the following recommendations: Congress should permanently remove obstructive in-person requirements on mental health through telehealth. Congress should move to fully remove outdated originating site requirements on telehealth. Congress should ensure continued access to audio-only mental health care. Congress should ensure Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and Rural Health Clinics can furnish telehealth in Medicare. Congress should work with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to [...]

3101, 2022

More than 330 Stakeholders Seek Leadership from Congress to Create Permanent Comprehensive Telehealth Reform

January 31st, 2022|

Washington, DC, January 31, 2022 – Today, more than 330 organizations sent a letter to Congress urging their leadership in facilitating a pathway to comprehensive permanent telehealth reform that would provide certainty to patients and our nation’s healthcare providers while providing sufficient time for Congress and the administration to analyze the impact of telehealth on patient care. The letter was co-led by the Alliance for Connected Care, American Telemedicine Association (ATA), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Executives for Health Innovation (EHI), Health Innovation Alliance, HIMSS, Partnership to Advance Virtual Care, and the [...]

2101, 2022

More Than 125 Organizations Urge Congress to Reinstate Virtual Care Access for Individuals with HDHP-HSAs

January 21st, 2022|

Letter to Congressional Leaders Stresses Urgency of Reinstating Telehealth Safe Harbor Washington, DC – UPDATED - January 21, 2022 – Today, more than 125 organizations sent a letter to Congress to urge policymakers to reinstate the telehealth safe harbor enacted in the CARES Act that enabled employers and health plans to provide pre-deductible coverage for telehealth services for individuals with high-deductible health plans coupled with Health Savings Accounts (HDHP-HSAs). The letter was convened by the Alliance for Connected Care and includes a diverse mix of signers including patient groups, clinician organizations, employer coalitions, and digital health platforms. During [...]

911, 2021

Alliance Submits Comments to Senate Finance Committee on Mental Health

November 9th, 2021|

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee providing input into the development of bipartisan legislation to enhance behavioral health and substance use disorder care for all Americans. Our letter includes recommendations to answer the following questions: What policies would encourage greater behavioral health care provider participation in these federal programs? What barriers, particularly with respect to the physician and non-physician workforce, prevent patients from accessing needed behavioral health care services? Should federal licensing and scope of practice requirements be modified to reduce barriers for behavioral health care workers seeking to participate in federal [...]

211, 2021

Alliance signs letter urging Congress to expand telehealth options for employees

November 2nd, 2021|

On November 1, the Alliance for Connected Care and nearly 50 stakeholder groups sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to make permanent the current regulatory flexibility that allows telehealth and remote care services to be treated as an excepted benefit for certain employees. Including standalone telehealth as an excepted benefit will help ensure hardworking Americans can access high-quality, cost-effective care when and where they need it most, regardless of employment status. Without Congressional action, employers will be unable to offer basic virtual health services to millions of Americans in part-time and seasonal jobs or workers otherwise not participating [...]

111, 2021

Protecting Patients and Telehealth Access: More Than 230 National Organizations Urge Governors Across the Country to Maintain and Expand Licensure Flexibilities Throughout Federal Public Health Emergency

November 1st, 2021|

Letter to Governors Stresses Urgency of Expiring Licensure Waivers and its Impact on Patient Access to Care Washington, DC – November 1, 2021 – Today, more than 230 organizations sent a letter to all 50 state governors urging them to maintain and expand licensure flexibilities enacted at the start of the pandemic for the duration of the federal public health emergency, to better address patient needs during the ongoing pandemic. The letter was convened by the Alliance for Connected Care, ALS Association, and National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), and includes a diverse mix of signers ranging from patient [...]

2710, 2021

More Than 70 Organizations Urge Congress to Extend Virtual Care Provisions in the CARES Act for Individuals with HDHP-HSAs

October 27th, 2021|

Letter to Congressional Leaders Stresses Urgency of Impending Expiration of Telehealth Safe Harbor Washington, DC – October 26, 2021 – Today, more than 70 organizations sent a letter to Congress to urge policymakers to address the impending expiration of the telehealth safe harbor enacted in the CARES Act that enabled employers and insurers to provide pre-deductible coverage for telehealth services for individuals with high-deductible health plans coupled with Health Savings Accounts (HDHP-HSAs). The letter was convened by the Alliance for Connected Care and includes a diverse mix of signers including patient groups, clinician organizations, and employer coalitions. During the [...]

810, 2021

Alliance Statement for the Record to Senate Commerce Hearing on: “State of Telehealth: Removing Barriers to Access and Improving Patient Outcomes”

October 8th, 2021|

ALLIANCE FOR CONNECTED CARE STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD “State of Telehealth: Removing Barriers to Access and Improving Patient Outcomes" The Alliance submitted a letter to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Communications, Media, and Broadband Subcommittee on a hearing examining the importance of access to telehealth services, and the role that broadband plays in the public health response. Our statement summarizes the following recommendations: Congress should invest in efforts that support broadband affordability for patients and providers. Congress must continue to coordinate with other federal agencies to ensure improvements are being made to our taxpayer-funded programs, and that [...]

2009, 2021

Alliance Joins Letter Calling on CMS to Address Critical Access Hospital Telehealth

September 20th, 2021|

The Alliance for Connected Care joined roughly 20 other groups in calling on CMS to address Critical Access Hospital (CAH) telehealth. "We agree that telehealth payment should be addressed for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and also believe outpatient behavioral therapy services offered by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are a key component of a comprehensive rural behavioral health strategy."

1509, 2021

Alliance Joins Congressional Letter to Support Telehealth Resource Centers

September 15th, 2021|

The Alliance for Connected Care joined a letter this week to Senate HELP Chair Murray and Ranking Member Blunt requesting funding support for the Telehealth Resource Centers (TRC) program in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This increase in funding would provide a critical boost to the TRCs, which have experienced a high of an 800% increase in demand for telehealth assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation, yet have been level-funded since 2006. 

1309, 2021

Comment Letter on CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

September 13th, 2021|

The Alliance for Connected Care submitted comments on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule for calendar year (CY) 2022, which includes several important reforms with respect to telehealth. The Alliance applauds the proposal to retain all Category 3 telehealth codes through the end of Calendar Year (CY) 2023 to provide an opportunity to collect and study data on the telehealth experience during the COVID-19 public health emergency. In advance of our more detailed response the Alliance emphasized the following overarching priorities: A great deal of confusion continues to exist around the authority of the Administration to [...]

2607, 2021

430+ Organizations Urge Congress to Address ‘Telehealth Cliff’

July 26th, 2021|

430 Organizations Urge Congress to Address ‘Telehealth Cliff’ Letter to Congressional Leaders Highlights Telehealth Priorities Washington, DC – July 26, 2021 – Today, more than 430 organizations sent a letter to Congress to urge policymakers to address the “telehealth cliff.” The letter was co-led by the Alliance for Connected Care, American Telemedicine Association, Consumer Technology Association, eHealth Initiative, HIMSS, Health Innovation Alliance, Partnership to Advance Virtual Care, and PCHAlliance. If Congress does not act before the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), Medicare beneficiaries will lose access to virtual care options which have become a lifeline to [...]

1607, 2021

Alliance Submits Comments to Cures 2.0

July 16th, 2021|

The Alliance for Connected Care provided input into the draft Cures 2.0 legislation released in late June that will build upon the important legacy of the 21st Century Cures Act. A copy of the full Cures 2.0 discussion draft circulating now among lawmakers is available here. A section-by-section summary of the bill is available here. The draft legislation includes several telehealth provisions including: Sec. 402. Strategies to Increase Access to Telehealth under Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program: collaborating with Reps. Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Burgess (R-TX) to include the Telehealth Improvement for Kids’ Essential Services (TIKES) Act. This policy would [...]

1905, 2021

Alliance Statement for the Record to Senate Finance Hearing on COVID-19 Health Care Flexiblities

May 19th, 2021|

ALLIANCE FOR CONNECTED CARE STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD “COVID-19 Health Care Flexibilities: Perspectives, Experiences, and Lessons Learned” The Alliance submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee  on the "COVID-19 Health Care Flexibilities: Perspectives, Experiences, and Lessons Learned.” The Alliance will focus comments on 1) Research and evidence we have gathered thus far; 2) Recommendations for future telehealth expansion that Congress should consider – including steps to ensure equitable access; and 3) Recommendations for telehealth “guardrail” provisions that Congress should consider to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the health care system. While we prefer the implementation of permanent [...]

2804, 2021

Alliance Statement for the Record to House Ways & Means Committee Hearing on Telehealth

April 28th, 2021|

ALLIANCE FOR CONNECTED CARE STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD “Charting the Path Forward for Telehealth” The Alliance submitted a letter to the House Ways & Means Committee, Subcommittee on Health on the "Charting the Path Forward for Telehealth.” The Alliance provided: 1) recommendations for telehealth expansions that Congress should consider – including steps to ensure equitable access, 2) comments about telehealth research and evidence, and 3) recommendations for telehealth “guardrail” provisions that Congress could consider, if it is believed they are necessary.

1204, 2021

Alliance Letter to ONDCP Special Telemedicine Registration

April 12th, 2021|

The Alliance for Connected Care sent the attached letter to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) applauding their inclusion of the telemedicine special registration for the prescribing of controlled substances this year as part of the Biden Administration’s First-Year Drug Policy Priorities. The Biden Administration outlined its drug policy priorities for its first year, stressing harm reduction, racial equity and helping people with substance use disorder find employment. As part of the announcement there was included a commitment to move forward the special registration for telemedicine prescribing of controlled substances this year. As you remember, [...]

604, 2021

Group Letter to HHS Secretary Becerra on Virtual DPP

April 6th, 2021|

Roughly 20 organizations, including the Alliance for Connected Care have signed a letter asking Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to extend Medicare coverage for virtual visits during the PHE and “work on longer-term reforms” that would make connected health a permanent part of the program. Given the ongoing and worsening prediabetes challenges facing seniors, expectations that the PHE will continue throughout 2021, and the cessation of many in-person DPP programs, we believe CMS must act immediately to preserve access to these services. We believe that the Department of Health and Human Services should immediately use its emergency [...]

3003, 2021

Alliance Letter of Support for Texas SB 992

March 30th, 2021|

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Senator Kelly Hancock, Chair of the Texas Senate Committee on Business & Commerce, for Senate Bill 992. The bill would allow health professionals located outside of the state of Texas to provide telehealth services to patients residing within the state of Texas so long as they are licensed and authorized to provide the service in the state in which they are licensed. The bill would maintain that the standard of care for such services would be the same as for health professionals providing in-person health care services to a patient, and [...]

2703, 2021

Alliance Letter of Support for Illinois HB 580

March 27th, 2021|

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Marcus Evans, Jr., the Chair of the Illinois House Labor and Commerce Committee, for House Bill 580. The bill would amend the Nurse Practice Act to approve the Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows for issuance of multistate licenses that allow nurses to practice in their home state and other compact states. The bill is critical because it allows for mutual recognition of state licenses between states participating in the compact. One of the biggest barriers to telehealth becoming a regular patient and provider choice is the administrative burden caused by variation [...]

2703, 2021

Alliance Letter of Support for Illinois HB 366

March 27th, 2021|

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Theresa Mah, the Chair of the Illinois House Health Care Licenses Committee, for House Bill 366. The bill would require the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to issue or deny a license no later than 30 days after completion of the application for practical nurse and registered professional nurse licensure. The Alliance believes that quickly approving licensure applications will help ensure eligible nurses are working, and will ultimately improve access to health care. Read the full letter here and below:

203, 2021

Alliance Written Testimony – New York FY2022 Executive Budget

March 2nd, 2021|

The Alliance submitted written testimony for the New York State FY2022 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Health, which took place on February 25, 2021. The Alliance applauds the telehealth-related proposals included in the Governor’s Executive Budget for the State Fiscal Year 2022, and was particularly thrilled to see specific provisions around the creation of an interstate licensure program to authorize out-of-state practitioners licensed in contiguous states or states in the Northeast region to provide telehealth services to patients in New York. “While we support and appreciate efforts by the State to acknowledge the importance of interstate licensure capabilities and [...]

203, 2021

Alliance Letter of Support for Alaska SB 67

March 2nd, 2021|

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to David Wilson, Chair of the Alaska Senate Health and Social Services Committee, for Senate Bill 67. The bill would allow Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses from 34 states to practice in Alaska as part of a Multistate Nurse Licensure Compact. These registered and practical nurses would not be subject to the burdensome licensing process. The bill would also allow nurses in Alaska to practice in those 34 participating states. Opening up Alaska to licensed nurses will help provide needed access to care across the state. Read the full letter here and [...]

203, 2021

Alliance Statement for the Record to House Energy & Commerce Committee Hearing on Telehealth

March 2nd, 2021|

ALLIANCE FOR CONNECTED CARE STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD “The Future of Telehealth: How COVID-19 is Changing the Delivery of Virtual Care” The Alliance submitted a letter to the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health on the "“The Future of Telehealth: How COVID-19 is Changing the Delivery of Virtual Care.” The Alliance provided 1) overarching comments about telehealth research and evidence, 2) recommendations for telehealth expansions that Congress should consider and 3) recommendations for telehealth “guardrail” provisions that Congress could consider. Top Telehealth Priorities These priorities were also outlined in the July 2020 group letter to Congress with [...]

1602, 2021

Alliance Written Testimony in Maryland

February 16th, 2021|

The Alliance submitted written testimony offering the Medical Excellence Zone as an alternative to Maryland House Bill 732. "We request that the Committee consider an alternative called the Medical Excellence Zone. The Medical Excellence Zone is an area defined by multiple state borders where medical practitioners may practice across state lines. Practitioners may not establish physical practices in states where they are not licensed but as long as they are licensed and in good standing with one state in the Zone, they may practice across state lines." Key provisions and additional details on the MEZ can be viewed here. [...]

1502, 2021

Alliance Letter Regarding Telehealth Fraud

February 15th, 2021|

The Alliance for Connected Care sent a letter to HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) Principal Deputy Inspector General Grimm urging OIG to update posts on "telehealth fraud" to better distinguish traditional fraud from telehealth fraud. The Alliance supports several recommendations to address improper telehealth payments: Conduct periodic post-payment reviews to disallow payments for errors for which telehealth claim edits cannot be implemented (for example, unallowable originating sites or unallowable means of communication Work with MACs to implement all telehealth claim edits listed in the Medicare Claims Processing Manual; Offer education and training sessions to practitioners on Medicare telehealth [...]

801, 2021

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

January 8th, 2021|

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 end. Review our full comments here and below:  

801, 2021

Input for the CONNECT for Health Act of 2021

January 8th, 2021|

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 new provisions for inclusion in the CONNECT package and 3) provide feedback on the continued relevancy of 2019 CONNECT provisions. Review the Alliance's comments here and below  

1512, 2020

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

December 15th, 2020|

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). [...]

1112, 2020

Digital Health Groups Call on Congress to Extend Telehealth Access

December 11th, 2020|

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 continue to access services via telehealth once the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ends, we write today to express our support for provisions, proposed by a bipartisan group of Senators, that would extend temporary telehealth flexibilities until the end of 2021 in an end-of-year [...]

308, 2020

Endorsement Letter Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act

August 3rd, 2020|

Today, 225 organizations signed a letter to House Telehealth Caucus Representatives Thompson, Welch, Matsui, Schweikert, and Johnson endorsing the Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2020 (HR 7663). The legislation includes four major and vital provisions: Removing arbitrary geographic restrictions on where a patient must be located in order to utilize telehealth services; Enabling patients to continue to receive telehealth services in their homes; Ensuring federally qualified health centers and rural health centers can furnish telehealth services; and Establishing permanent waiver authority for the Secretary of Health & Human Services during future emergency periods and for 90 [...]

1407, 2020

Industry Support Letter on RPM Grant Bill

July 14th, 2020|

We are pleased to support the Increasing Rural Health Access During the COVID–19 Public Health Emergency Act of 2020 (H.R. 7190/S. 3951.) This important legislation would improve access to virtual care tools for Americans with chronic conditions living in rural America, on tribal lands, or in medically underserved areas. Download PDF

2906, 2020

340 ORGANIZATIONS SEND LETTER TO CONGRESS URGING ACTION ON TELEHEALTH

June 29th, 2020|

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 stakeholders and all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Congress quickly waived statutory barriers to allow for expanded access to telehealth at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing federal agencies with the flexibility to allow healthcare providers to deliver care [...]

2906, 2020

Letter to Congress Urging Action on Telehealth

June 29th, 2020|

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 stakeholders and all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Congress quickly waived statutory barriers to allow for expanded access to telehealth at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing federal agencies with the flexibility to allow healthcare providers to deliver care virtually. [...]

2606, 2020

Letter to Alexander Preparing for the Next Pandemic

June 26th, 2020|

The Alliance submitted comments to Senate Finance Committee Chair Alexander's white paper outlining recommendations and important questions to better prepare for future pandemics. Public Health Capabilities – Improve State and Local Capacity to Respond Make permanent HHS temporary telehealth waiver authority during emergencies Facilitate telehealth care across state borders Expand broadband access to ensure access to care Download PDF

2304, 2020

Alliance Calls for More Broadband Funding

April 23rd, 2020|

The Alliance for Connected Care endorsed H.R.6474 – the Healthcare Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act.  This legislation would significantly expand funding for the Federal Communications Commission to support healthcare broadband deployment in response to COVID–19.    

1504, 2020

Alliance Comments on the COVID-19 Interim Final Rule

April 15th, 2020|

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, and Economic Security Act.  Alliance priorities included: Expanded flexibility for audio-only telehealth to a broader set of services Technical fixes to ensure telehealth can be delivered by more clinicians, including changes to distant site provider rules. Additional flexibility for E-Visits and Virtual Check-ins Ensure [...]

704, 2020

Alliance Comments on Medicare Advantage Regulation

April 7th, 2020|

The Alliance for Connected Care commented on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule on "Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Contract Year 2021 and 2022 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicaid Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly." In our comments, we address four key areas for telehealth and remote patient monitoring: 1) Telehealth for Medicare Advantage network adequacy, 2) telehealth for Special Needs Plans, 3) additional telehealth benefit requirements, and 4) telehealth changes to the medical loss ratio. Please find the full [...]

604, 2020

Letter to CMS on MA-PD Rule

April 6th, 2020|

The Alliance submitted comments on the MA-PD Rule. Within the Proposed Rule, we have identified four priorities for telehealth and connected care: Medicare Advantage (MA) and Cost Plan Network Adequacy Improvements to Care Management Requirements for Special Needs Plans (SNPs) Additional Telehealth Benefits Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Download PDF

2003, 2020

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

March 20th, 2020|

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 ensure access to telehealth during this emergency, when access to care and treatment is more important than ever.  

2003, 2020

Stakeholder Letter on Telehealth HDHP Language

March 20th, 2020|

Leading organizations called on Congress to pass legislation that would 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. Download PDF

1103, 2020

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

March 11th, 2020|

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.

2602, 2020

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

February 26th, 2020|

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 their communities, allowing for critical care connections.

3112, 2019

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

December 31st, 2019|

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 of health technology companies from value-based safe harbors Implementation of the statutory exception for telehealth technologies for in-home dialysis as passed by Congress New opportunity to protect arrangements involving telehealth and remote patient monitoring under the care coordination safe harbor New safe harbor for [...]

1709, 2019

Alliance Joins Group Letter Supporting CMS Proposals on Telehealth and Remote Monitoring

September 17th, 2019|

The Alliance for Connected Care joins 15 other groups to support CMS CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposals on telehealth and remote monitoring.  Our cosigners in the multi-stakeholder letter are AliveCor, American Association for Respiratory Care, American Telemedicine Association, Biocom – Life Science Association of California, Catalia Health, Connected Health Initiative, Diasyst, HIMSS, Kaia, Life365, LifeWire, Pt Pal, Rimidi, UnaliWear and Upside Health. Full Comment Letter:

2802, 2014

Comment Letter to the Federation of State Medical Boards Regarding the Draft Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

February 28th, 2014|

The Alliance submitted comments on the draft Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (the “Compact”). The Alliance recommended several additions to strengthen the draft Compact. Recommend that FSMB more clearly demonstrate the value that will be added as a result of the establishment of a Commission including additional detail on the Commission’s role in facilitating expedited licensure determinations; the streamlined communication channels between the home state, the Commission, and other member states; and the timeframe for expedited licensure. We recommend that FSMB include a timeframe in the document that specifies the length of time estimated for end-to-end processing. The Compact [...]

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