The U.S. House of Representatives may lead the way for significant change in how telemedicine is used for the treatment of America’s aging citizens on Medicare.
A new bill (H.R. 6719) dubbed the Telehealth Promotion Act has been introduced for legislators to consider. If enacted into law, it would dramatically expand reimbursement for telehealth services at the federal level.
More importantly, claim some, the bill could also establish what amounts to a federal standard for medical licensure in the field of telehealth.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, and Veterans’ Affairs.
The American Telemedicine Association enthusiastically supports the proposed legislation.
“This bill represents a panacea for federal involvement in telemedicine, eliminating archaic barriers and expanding opportunities for remote healthcare,” says ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous. If passed, this bill will almost instantly make our federally-funded health system more effective and more efficient.”
To read the full text of the bill, click here.