Chronic-Care Bill Would Extend Pilot On Use Of Home-Care Devices, Promote Telehealth
Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Finance Committee plan to reintroduce the Chronic Care Act in 2017. It would provide Medicare pay incentives to improve management of chronic-care patients at home, streamline care coordination, and promote telehealth opportunities.
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A bill introduced by four US Senators to address and improve chronic illness care will increase reimbursements for telehealth care of home-based patients on Medicare Advantage plans, permit beneficiaries in several accountable care organizations (ACO) to be furnished telehealth service at home, and expand the use of telehealth for individuals with stroke.
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The US Senate Finance Committee circulated a discussion draft of a chronic-care bill Oct. 27 that would promote telehealth and home-use devices. The bill would allow reimbursement for providers to use technology to monitor patients with chronic diseases through telehealth options in Medicare Advantage plans and accountable-care organizations.