(WASHINGTON, DC) November 5, 2020 – Today, the Connected Health Initiative (CHI) released a statement from executive director Morgan Reed regarding the introduction of the House companion to the Telehealth Modernization Act:
“The House introduction of 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 system into the 21st century. They are critical in times of a public health emergency like COVID-19, revolutionizing delivery of care to Medicare beneficiaries and other underserved populations
“On behalf of the CHI Steering Committee and membership, I want to thank the House co-sponsors, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL), Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-1), and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5), for recognizing that telehealth and other digital health tools are the future of healthcare delivery. If Congress passes this legislation, it would finally allow Medicare to cover live audio and video visits between patients and providers wherever the patient is located at the time of the visit ensures that these increasingly important services are available to beneficiaries who lack a fixed address, those who are in shelters, and those who lack access to broadband at home.”
About CHI: The Connected Health Initiative (CHI) is the nation’s leading consortium of health technology innovators, policy experts, and patient advocates. Together, we advance solutions that enable providers and patients to achieve better health outcomes, reduce health costs, and foster the adoption of transformative technology throughout the healthcare system.