CONNECT for Health Act of 2017 Introduced in Senate with HIMSS Support

On Wednesday, six Senators introduced the bipartisan Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017.  Led by Senators Schatz (D-HI), Wicker (R-MS), Cochran (R-MS), Cardin (D-MD), Thune (R-SD), and Warner (D-VA), the CONNECT for Health Act of 2017 would modernize healthcare delivery for Medicare beneficiaries by removing barriers to the use of telehealth and other healthcare technologies, including remote patient monitoring (RPM). The bill, which is an updated version of the same legislation introduced last Congress, seeks to improve care outcomes, make it easier for patients to connect with their health care providers, and help reduce costs for patients and providers. 

HIMSS, along with over 50 other stakeholder organizations, formally endorsed the legislation when it was introduced and has been active in building support for the legislation since it was originally introduction last year. For additional information, please see the full text of the legislation and a one-page summary of the bill’s key provisions.  A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives in the coming weeks.