Congress Gets Another Chance to Advance Telemedicine

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Source: mHealthNews

A new version of a bill designed to phase in telemedicine for Medicare beneficiaries is back on the table in Washington.

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., introduced the Medicare Health Parity Act of 2015 on July 7. Co-sponsors of the bill are Reps. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Peter Welch, D-Vt.

The four legislators said this bill would put Medicare "on the path toward parity with in-person healthcare visits."

“Both patients and providers want telehealth for two simple reasons – it saves money and saves lives,” Thompson said in a press release. “Telehealth allows physicians to provide more patients with better healthcare, but while we’ve witnessed much advancement in the field of telemedicine, our policies still lag behind. By passing this commonsense, bipartisan bill we can expand telehealth services and make sure the best care and the best treatments are available to all Americans, no matter where they live.”

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