The Chronic Care Act receives full endorsement by the Senate. The approval of this bill will improve the quality of care for high-cost Medicare chronic patients. Additional benefits the bill provision includes are the use of telehealth services in patient’s home, Medicare reimbursement for telestroke patients, extending telehealth services to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) Medicare beneficiaries and remote video visits for dialysis patients.
September 28, 2017 by America Telemedicine Association
The U.S. Senate this week passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act, a bipartisan bill originally introduced in 2016 by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R – Utah), would improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. The bill (S.870), was passed unanimously, and includes a number of provisions that would expand Medicare coverage of telemedicine and give accountable care organizations (ACOs) more discretion in using telemedicine.
Benefits of provisions in the CHRONIC Care Act include:
ATA would like to thank all who have utilized the ATA Action Center, and who have done their part by contacting lawmakers about the importance of this, among other important pieces of legislation. We encourage members to thank their Senators for their work on this bill, and continue to push policies that will improve healthcare access and quality.