Future of Telehealth Expansion Debated in Congress

Posted Sunday, May 9, 2021

The House Ways and Means subcommittee on Health and bipartisan lawmakers highlighted the value Medicare telehealth flexibilities have provided during the pandemic and expressed interest in supporting policies to expand those flexibilities on an extended and possibly permanent basis.   Lawmakers are supportive of expanding telehealth, but they said that any future extension or liberalization of the federal telehealth policies needs to account for and be influenced by the stability of the Medicare trust fund and telehealth’s ability to realize cost-savings, the need to ensure that telehealth expansion does not exacerbate care access disparities, and the necessity of closely monitoring the quality of care delivered via telehealth.

“Telehealth can be an important and valuable component of home health and hospice care. As a reflection of that importance, the bipartisan Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act (S.1309) was recently reintroduced in the Senate. NAHC was proud to work on this bill, which would allow for reimbursement to providers for telehealth services in the Medicare Home Health benefit during public health emergencies.”

Source: NAHC

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