HIMSS Response to House Telehealth Draft Bill

HIMSS supports the removal of restrictions surrounding the use of telehealth to expand access to high quality and cost effective care. Congress should direct the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to address issues associated with existing definitions of technology for the purpose of telehealth interventions. In light of advances in technology, CMS should expand the scope of potential originating sites and embrace store and forward technologies and other non-audio and visual technologies to support population health management.

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Telehealth technologies can eliminate travel time and reduce stress and expenses for the patient. Telehealth also increases patient-to-clinician interaction and satisfaction. This increases patient compliance, which leads to better clinical outcome at lower costs. For the past 25 years, telehealth in the United States has enjoyed explosive growth despite major ongoing public and private sector policy barriers.