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Lawmakers Seek to Expand Medicare Coverage of Telemedicine Again Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:20

Congress is taking another crack at expanding Medicare coverage for services delivered via telemedicine. U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) recently introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to "test the effect of including telehealth services in Medicare health care delivery reform models." CMMI's role is to support the development and testing of innovative health care payment and service delivery models.

Dubbed, the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, the bill is designed to expand access to healthcare for rural patients who lack access to healthcare. Currently, Medicare covers limited telehealth services, "setting a poor industry standard, discouraging innovation, and restricting access to specialized services," according to a news release issued by Gardner's office.

In addition to testing, the bill would direct CMMI to have an independent evaluation conducted to assess the telehealth models for cost, effectiveness, and improvement in quality of care without increasing the cost of delivery. If the telehealth model meets these criteria, then the model would be covered through the Medicare program.

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