CQ.com | June 12, 2015


Last week, Medicare officials rebuffed requests to expand use of telemedicine in the highly watched accountable care organization, or ACO, program. And bids to expand use of telemedicine through the House Energy and Commerce’s 21rst Century Cures bill have so far fallen short.

But Krista Drobac, executive director of the Alliance for Connected Care, said she is pleased that discussion of federal payments for telemedicine has expanded beyond the currently approved uses in Medicare, that often serve people who live in areas where health care can be scarce.

“It takes a while,” Drobac said. “We are just pleased that policymakers are looking at this as more than a rural issue.”

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