The co-sponsored legislation introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) aims to expand healthcare access by enhancing coverage for telehealth services.
The Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act requires testing of telehealth services at select hospitals with the support of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMI). After testing is complete the results will be analyzed for improvement in cost, effectiveness and quality of care. If the model passes muster than telehealth coverage under the greater Medicare program will be expanded.
Senator Cory Gardner says, “All Coloradans deserve access to health care services regardless of whether they live in rural or urban areas…It would also incentivize the healthcare industry to develop new technologies that could potentially reduce costs and improve patient health.”
Fellow Senator Gary Peters adds, “Michigan seniors and families in rural and underserved communities are using telehealth technology to receive specialized and quality health care that otherwise would not be readily available…This bipartisan, commonsense legislation has the potential to help expand access to care for Michigan seniors, lower health care costs and reduce costly emergency room visits, hospitalizations and readmissions.”
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