Last month, Senate and House lawmakers introduced the CONNECT for Health Act, legislation that could potentially save an estimated $1.8 billion in healthcare costs over the next decade by expanding Medicare’s use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services.
The bill is sponsored by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), John Thune (R-S.D.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with companion legislation introduced in the House by Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.).
Says Rep. Harper in a written statement:
Telehealth and remote patient monitoring are incredibly promising technologies, but until we give providers the ability to transition and meet the goals set forth in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, Medicare patients will continue to struggle to take part in these advancements. This legislation will promote cost savings and will increase the quality of care in the Medicare program.
Several industry organizations — most notably the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) — have voiced their support of the bill.