CHRONIC Care Act Discussion Draft Released by Senate Finance Committee

On October 27th, Senate Finance Chairman Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member Wyden (D-OR), Senator Isakson (R-GA) and Senator Warner (D-VA) released a discussion draft entitled “Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2016.” In May 2015, Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden formed the Chronic Care Working Group to explore solutions that would improve outcomes for Medicare patients with chronic conditions . The draft bill seeks to modernize Medicare payment policies to improve management of chronic disease, streamline care coordination and improve quality outcomes. Included in the bill are several provisions that would enable the use of telehealth services under Medicare, such as expanding the use of telehealth for individuals with stroke, and providing greater flexibility for accountable care organizations and Medicare Advantage enrollees to utilize telehealth. This bipartisan legislation was the culmination of months of work between the Congressional offices and healthcare stakeholders, including HIMSS. The bill sponsors also released a section by section summary.