On April 6th, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member Wyden (D-OR), Senator Isakson (R-GA), and Senator Warner (D-VA), among others, reintroduced the “Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017.” The legislation, developed by the bipartisan Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group, was first introduced in December during the final days of the 114th Congress. HIMSS provided input to the working group on several occasions over the course of the bill’s development, including in response to the release of a policy options document in January 2016.
The CHRONIC Care Act of 2017 seeks to modernize Medicare to improve the management of chronic disease, streamline care coordination, and improve quality outcomes. Included in the bill are a number of provisions that would enable greater 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. The sponsors released a section-by-section summary, which provides greater detail on the legislation.