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Mark Brager
December 2, 2015

AdvaMed Praises Senators Gardner & Peters on Introduction of Medicare Telehealth Expansion Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JC Scott, senior executive vice president, government affairs, for the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), issued the following statement today following introduction in the Senate of legislation (S. 2343) directing CMS to provide coverage and payment for expanded telehealth and remote monitoring services:

“Advances in telehealth and remote monitoring hold the promise to dramatically improve patient care while bringing greater efficiency and value to the U.S. health care system. AdvaMed commends Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) for introducing the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, which will allow more American patients to benefit from these innovative technologies.

“The legislation would require CMS’s Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to examine whether delivery reform initiatives, such as ACOs and bundled payments, can demonstrate how telehealth and remote monitoring services can help providers achieve program goals. We believe that extending coverage for these services can produce savings in the Medicare program while increasing access and improving or maintaining quality of care. 

“We look forward to working with members of Congress, CMS and other key stakeholders to move this important legislation forward.”

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