American Telemedicine Association Applauds Senate Finance Committee Leadership on Proposal in Favor of Telehealth Advancement

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ATA Supports Bipartisan Proposals to Improve Health Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Conditions

The American Telemedicine Association applauds leaders of the Senate Finance Committee on the release of a proposal in favor of Medicare payment of telehealth services.

ATA greatly appreciates the Medicare telehealth improvement proposed in sections 303, 304, and 305 of the proposal by leaders of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, notably, our priorities for the almost 20 million beneficiaries under the value-based payment models of Medicare Advantage and accountable care organizations (ACOs) and for nationwide coverage for remote stroke diagnosis.

“This proposal is strategically crafted, responsible and budget sensitive and it can provide immediate improvements,” said Jonathan Linkous, CEO, American Telemedicine Association.  “We foresee that this bill will greatly improve the Medicare experience and provide needed evidence for telehealth for subsequent improvements.”

ATA specifically applauds Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden, Senators Isakson and Warner and the 52 Senate and House sponsors of the CONNECT for Health Act (S. 2484 / H.R. 4442).  ATA and Medicare beneficiaries and providers will strongly support the enactment yet this year of as much as possible before the arrival of a new Congress and President.

Click here to view the proposal.

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About the American Telemedicine Association

The American Telemedicine Association is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies. ATA and its diverse membership work to fully integrate telemedicine into healthcare systems to improve quality, equity, and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. Established in 1993, ATA is headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information please visit http://www.americantelemed.org

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