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Mark E. Brager
April 6, 2017

AdvaMed Supports Senate Medicare Telehealth Expansion Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) issued the following statement from Chief Advocacy Officer JC Scott following introduction in the U.S. Senate of legislation (S. 787) designed to expand Medicare beneficiary access to telehealth and remote monitoring services:

“Recent advances in telehealth and remote monitoring have been shown to dramatically improve patient care and quality of life while bringing greater efficiency and value to the U.S. health care system.

“Unfortunately, there are many obstacles which restrict patient access to these innovative technologies. The Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, introduced by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), will help address these barriers and allow more American patients to benefit from telehealth services.

“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 – particularly for patients in rural areas or with long distances to a hospital or clinic.

“We commend Sens. Gardner and Peters look for their leadership on this issue and look forward to working with members of Congress, CMS and other key stakeholders to move this legislation forward.”