ConnectCare Foundation: Elderly see Benefits from Medicare’s new Telehealth Act

Also recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare should be extended to Telehealth in 2016 Medicare Extends Telehealth Coverage, a Lifeline for Older Americans A Rapidly Growing Field of Nursing Rehabilitation Telehealth Screening, Drug and Risk Analysis

The committee’s unanimous vote, which passed the legislation without amendment, marks the “first time Medicare’s coverage has been extended to Telehealth services of this type”, according to new research from DIG, a health strategy research and policy firm. DIG also found that Medicare Telehealth has the potential to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, reduce long-term care costs, and improve effectiveness.

“I’m very proud of this bill,” said Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), who chairs the committee. “Medicare’s Expanded and Improved Medicare for All plan is the only way that we can expand access to primary care to all Americans – every resident of this country, from every zip code, every rural region, and every corner of our nation – while also ensuring access to proven telehealth services.”

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