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Connected Health Initiative asks Senate to pass Telehealth Modernization Act

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(AMSF2011, Flickr) The Connected Health Initiative on Monday published an open letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., expressing support for the Telehealth Modernization Act and stressing the urgency of safeguarding access to virtual care before the public health emergency is set to expire.

The initiative, a coalition of industry stakeholders including providers, payers and vendors, applauded in its letter congressional efforts to make permanent changes to Medicare’s statutory restrictions on telehealth coverage.

“The Telehealth Modernization Act is a bold step forward in taking the lessons learned from providers, patients and payers across the healthcare spectrum during the COVID-19 crisis to bring the Medicare and Medicaid system into the 21st century. This legislation will make permanent many of the asks CHI spent years advocating for, including waiving originating site restrictions,” said CHI Acting Executive Director Morgan Reed in a statement provided to Healthcare IT News .

WHY IT MATTERS

The Telehealth Modernization Act, which Alexander introduced in the Senate in late July, would amend Medicare originating site rules for telehealth to include a patient’s home and relax the geographic restrictions on telehealth provisions. It would also expand the types of practitioners eligible to furnish telehealth services and enhance telehealth services for federally […]

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