Serving the home health, home care and hospice industry since 1999.
The funding bill signed into law on February 9 includes the entirety of the "Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care" Act, known as CHRONIC. Originally introduced by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), with significant input from the American Telemedicine Association and its members, the new law will expand telehealth coverage for accountable care organizations (ACOs), improve flexibility for telehealth use under Medicare Advantage plans, and allow nationwide reimbursement for tele-stroke care and home dialysis treatment. The new law provides the largest boost to Federal telehealth coverage and payment in 17 years.
"The passage of CHRONIC means more options and flexibility for both providers and patients, including better access to lifesaving treatments, tailored care for beneficiaries coping with multiple chronic health conditions, healthier patients and lower health care costs,” said Gary Capistrant, ATA Chief Policy Officer. "This expansion of Medicare coverage for telehealth represents the fruit of decades of hard work by ATA members who have advocated tirelessly to improve and modernize care options for their patients."
The new law will:
These improvements were made in addition to a recent CMS decision to cover remote patient monitoring for the millions of Medicare beneficiaries with chronic health conditions.
About the American Telemedicine Association
Established in 1993, ATA is a non-profit, membership-based association located in Washington DC. Comprised of a membership network of more than 10,000 industry leaders and healthcare professionals, ATA is the leading telehealth association helping to transform healthcare by improving the quality, equity, and affordability of healthcare throughout the world.
The ATA Annual Conference and Expo. "Learn. Connect. Discover." will be held April 29 through May 1 in Chicago. Information and registration for in-person and virtual attendance is available on the conference web site.
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