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House panel backs 3 measures to improve Medicare

Different measures to improve the healthcare outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries are unanimously approved by the Ways and Means Committee. 

September 29, 2017 by LocalLabs News Service

The House Ways and Means recently approved three pieces of bipartisan legislation geared toward improving the Medicare program, a committee release said.

One of the measures, the Stark Administrative Simplification Act of 2017 (HR 3726), adds to a legislation passed in July dealing with Medicare physician self-referral laws. The measure allows another way to resolve minor violations, the release said.

“These modernizations will alleviate the backlog of burdensome disclosures and allow CMS to focus on the…

Senate OKs bill expanding telehealth coverage in Medicare

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act of 2017 eliminates barriers in the use of telehealth technologies which will form a more care at home and less institutional type of chronic condition management for patients.

September 28, 2017 by SmartBrief

The Senate unanimously approved the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act of 2017, which would broaden coverage for telehealth under Medicare Advantage Plan B beginning in 2020. The bill would also increase accountable care organizations’ ability to use telemedicine and expand CMS’ home-based primary care teams for patients who have multiple chronic…

Medicare chronic care bill passes in Senate: 4 things to know

The passing of the CHRONIC Care Act = reimbursement for Medicare and MA plans.

September 28, 2017 by Emily Rappleye

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill Tuesday night to improve care coordination for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

The bill, the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act of 2017, aims to improve at-home care, increase Medicare Advantage flexibility, give ACOs more options and expands telehealth capabilities.

“This bill provides new options and tools for seniors and their doctors to coordinate care and makes it less burdensome to stay healthy,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a…

Telehealth expansion takes a step forward with Senate’s passage of CHRONIC Care Act

Barriers in the use of telehealth services and technologies for Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have now been eliminated with the Senate passing the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017.

September 28, 2017 by Evan Sweeny

The Senate’s passage of the CHRONIC Care Act, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch, marks a first step in expanding telehealth coverage. (Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Lawmakers and telehealth advocates were predictably pleased with the Senate’s passage of bipartisan legislation that would extend telehealth benefits to several patient populations battling chronic illnesses.

Following another failed attempt to repeal-and-replace…

CHRONIC Care Act of 2017 Unanimously passed in Senate

The Chronic Care Act receives full endorsement by the Senate. The approval of this bill will improve the quality of care for high-cost Medicare chronic patients. Additional benefits the bill provision includes are the use of telehealth services in patient’s home, Medicare reimbursement for telestroke patients, extending telehealth services to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) Medicare beneficiaries and remote video visits for dialysis patients.

September 28, 2017 by America Telemedicine Association

The U.S. Senate this week passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act, a bipartisan bill originally introduced in 2016 by Senate Finance Committee Chairman…

Senate Passes CHRONIC Care Act in Bipartisan Voice Vote

The CHRONIC Care Act will allow more care at home and less  institutions care for chronic ill patients. 

September 27, 2017 by OAN Newsroom

A bill to help chronic health sufferers passes by the Senate.

Lawmakers are coming together to reform Medicare by passing the CHRONIC Care Act.

The legislation was brought up for a voice vote on Tuesday night on the Senate floor with bipartisan support.

The CHRONIC Care Act is also known as the “Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act.”

Its goal is to help people with Medicare Advantage policies to manage their conditions, and to lower medical…

Rare Bipartisanship as Senate Passes Medicare Reform Bill

The (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 passing this week by the Senate benefits chronic ill patients and lowers Medicare cost but, even more importantly, is it streamlines care coordination between all parties involved in the care of the patient by using telehealth services and technologies.

September 27, 2017 by Alicia Ault

The Senate yesterday unanimously approved a bill to give Medicare providers ― including accountable care organizations, Medicare Advantage plans, and clinicians ― more flexibility by delivering care at home or using telehealth or team-based care to manage beneficiaries’ chronic conditions.

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic…

Telehealth Bills Get Senate Approval, Good News From CBO

Finally, the CHRONIC Care Act receives the green light from the Senate!!!!!

September 27, 2017 by Eric Wicklund

The Senate unanimously passes the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017, while the Congressional Budget Office gives high marks to another telehealth bill that targets Medicare Advantage coverage.

A bill to boost telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans would reduce healthcare expenditures by $80 million over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The CBO’s cost estimate of H.R. 3727 is welcome news for telehealth advocates looking to cut into Medicare’s coverage and reimbursement restrictions and make telehealth and telemedicine and more accepted…

Telehealth, Telemedicine Guidelines Gain Momentum in Florida

The State of Florida start push for reimbursement parity for services provided via teleheath!

September 21, 2017 by Eric Wicklund

Florida’s Telehealth Advisory Council has issued a draft report on telehealth policy for the state, at the same time that a bill is introduced to turn many of those recommendations into law.

One of the last states to formally establish a telehealth policy has been busy this month.

The Florida Telehealth Advisory Council, created by the state’s Legislature in March 2016, has put together a draft report that, among other things, defines “telehealth,” establishes payment and coverage conditions for payers and encourages…

Telehealth Bills Targeting Stroke Care, MA Plans Show Progress

The FAST ( Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine) Act is pending approval from the Senate Finance Committee. This bill if passed will provide telestroke patients the ability to seek additional telehealth treatment in eligible hospitals and stroke facilities regardless of their location.

September 14, 2017  by Eric Wickland.

Bills seeking to expand telehealth and telemedicine services for stroke victims and those on Medicare Advantage plans saw positive Congressional action, though they’re far away from becoming law

Two bills designed to improve telehealth and telemedicine access sailed through Congressional subcommittee reviews on Wednesday.

The…

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