Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 8:59 AM
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6)) by a vote of 344-77 on Friday, July 10. The legislation contains language of interest to home care and hospice providers and requires CMS to research methods to improve electronic health records, interoperability, and telehealth. The legislation also instructs CMS to report to Congressional committees of jurisdiction on means of expanding telehealth and barriers to its expansion in Medicare, and has a section on ensuring the interoperability of health information. The bill does not make any changes to current telehealth services provided by CMS, as currently written.The legislation has been praised as a “breakthrough initiative,” helping more people get the life-saving treatment they need. Stay tuned to the Corridor blog for updates regarding the status of this legislation. Click here to read more.
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