Johnson and Matsui Introduce Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act
Today, Energy & Commerce Telehealth Working Group members Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH) introduced the Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act of 2017, which would encourage the use of telemedicine in the Medicare program:
Today, Energy & Commerce Telehealth Working Group members Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced the Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act of 2017, which would encourage the use of telemedicine in the Medicare program:
“We need to harness the power of technology to get care to people efficiently and empower them to manage their chronic conditions,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “This legislation helps ensure that we’re integrating telehealth into the healthcare system in a cost-effective and patient-centered way. I’m pleased to work with Congressman Johnson on this legislation as part of our overall efforts to expand access to telemedicine.”
The Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act of 2017 would allow the Secretary of HHS to review existing services in the Medicare program to determine which are appropriate for telehealth, and waive existing restrictions on those services. The Secretary would ensure that the service delivered via telehealth would either reduce spending while maintaining quality or improve quality without increasing costs.
Bill text can be found here.