Bipartisan legislation has recently been introduced to the House that would expand access to remote monitoring and telehealth. The Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2015 would make significant changes in federal laws pertaining to remote monitoring and telehealth. The legislation builds off a previous bill, the Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013, which sought to adjust Medicare home health payments to account for remote patient monitoring and to expand coverage to all critical access and sole community hospitals.
The major provisions in the bill include the following:
- Incentives for Medicare’s hospital readmission reduction program;
- Ensuring the use of telehealth in health homes and medical homes;
- Allow flexibility in ACO coverage of telehealth; and
- Add additional sites to be considered originating sites for purposes of payments for telehealth services under Medicare such as a ‘home telehealth site.’
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