Comments & Letters2021-04-12T07:50:00-04:00
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, 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 many. The [...]

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 [...]

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