Washington, D.C. – Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released draft changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program. Morgan Reed, Executive Director of ACT | The App Association’s Connected Health Initiative, released the following statement in response to CMS’ announcement.

“While we continue to we parse through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new proposed rulemaking, it is clear that our voice has been heard. We applaud CMS for its range of proposals to bring connected health tools into the continuum of care, including three new remote monitoring reimbursement codes in the Physician Fee Schedule. Last month, we gathered fifty connected health stakeholders to urge CMS Administrator Seema Verma to activate CPT codes 990X0, 990X1, and 994X9 to reimburse for chronic care remote physiologic monitoring. Today, CMS proposed those new codes in its latest schedule.

“Remote patient monitoring solutions continue to emerge, and we are encouraged that CMS upheld its commitment to advance the uptake of innovative connected health tools in its rulemaking. We commend CMS for proposing new digital health reimbursement codes to better utilize and realize the full potential of these life-saving technologies.

“We welcome CMS’ efforts to improve our nation’s healthcare system, and we look forward to reviewing the various changes proposed throughout the new rulemaking in its entirety.”

To view the Connected Health Initiative’s multi-stakeholder letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, please click here.