A Busy Week for Telehealth on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, July 25th, the House passed by voice vote the Medicare Part B Improvement Act. House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced the bill to provide a temporary transitional payment for home infusion therapy until a new payment for services is implemented in 2021. The Act allows for the coverage of at home telehealth services for monthly end stage renal disease. Over the course of the next 10 years, CBO has projected this bill would reduce spending by $4 million, further evidence of the cost-saving potential of telehealth. Additionally, on Wednesday, Rep. Greg Harper (R-MS) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) reintroduced the Telehealth Enhancement Act (H.R. 3360). The bill “promote(s) and expand(s) the application of telehealth under Medicare and other Federal health care programs.” While bill text has yet to be released, the previous version sought to expand the list of sites eligible for Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services to Critical Access Hospitals, Sole Community Hospitals, home telehealth sites and facilities in counties with fewer than 25,000 people.

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