Telehealth Picking Up Momentum in Congress

The 114th Congress saw a number of telehealth-related bills introduced, including the CONNECT for Health Act and the CHRONIC Care Act. When a bill doesn’t pass and get signed into law by the end of the two-year Congressional session, it in essense expires and needs to be re-introduced in the next Congress.  

Since the start of the 115th Congress in January, a significant number of telehealth bills have been introduced. One of these bills, the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, would expand access to telehealth-eligible stroke services under the Medicare program. Other bills include the Hallways to Health Act, which would provide telehealth services at school-based health centers, and a bill, H.R. 766, that would establish a pilot program to expand telehealth options under the Medicare program for individuals living in public housing, among others. We expect dozens of other telehealth bills to be introduced in the coming months.

HIMSS staff are also anticipating the reintroduction of the bipartisan CHRONIC Care Act that the Senate Finance Committee developed, and the CONNECT for Health Act, a comprehensive bill supported by HIMSS and nearly 100 other organizations that would modernize the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring under Medicare.