AHA News Now – The Senate Finance Committee today voted unanimously to approve the CHRONIC Care Act (S. 870), legislation to improve care management, coordination and outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Among other provisions, the bill would extend the Independence at Home demonstration; provide certain flexibilities for Medicare Advantage plans; give MA plans and certain accountable care organizations greater flexibility to offer additional telehealth services; and expand access to telehealth for home dialysis and stroke assessments. The bill would not reimburse hospitals where the patient is present a separate, originating site fee. In comments submitted to the committee last year, AHA voiced support for a number of the bill’s provisions, but continues to advocate for more comprehensive Medicare coverage and payment policies for telehealth services, especially for hospitals that serve vulnerable rural and urban communities.
- These health programs work. But in the rancor of Congress, they’ve been left in the lurch
- Bringing Back House Calls to Cut Spending on High-Risk Patients
- Perelman School of Medicine Joins National Initiative to Increase In-Home Primary Care
- AAHCM’s New Stand-Alone Conference Focuses on In-Home Primary Care for Healthcare Professionals
- Home-based care proves more effective for elderly patients