We are following a story that was reported on iHealthBeat.org that said that a bipartisan group of House lawmakers last week introduced a bill (HR 3306) that aims to expand telehealth coverage through Medicare and Medicaid.
The Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013 was introduced by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.).
Among other things, the legislation would:
- Adjust Medicare home health payments to account for remote patient monitoring;
- Expand telehealth coverage to all critical access and sole community hospitals;
- Cover home-based video services for hospice care, home dialysis and homebound Medicare beneficiaries; and
- Allow state Medicaid programs to set up high-risk pregnancy networks.
The bill has been referred to the House committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means. – To see more go to iHealthBeat.org.