Comments & Letters2021-04-12T07:50:00-04:00
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, 2021 – 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 [...]

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