Lawmakers Introduce New Bill Paving the Way for Home Health Telehealth Reimbursement

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2020

On October 24, 2020, U.S. Senators Collins (R-ME) and Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act, a bipartisan bill that would allow for Medicare reimbursement for audio and video appointments during the pandemic.  Similar legislation was also introduced in the House.

“Home health serves a vital role in helping our nation’s seniors avoid more costly hospital visits and nursing home stays,” Sen. Collins, chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, said in a statement. “The COVID-19 emergency has further underscored the critical importance of home health services and highlighted how these agencies are able to use telehealth to provide skilled care to their patients.”

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