AHA emphasizes access to telehealth in letter to US Senate, Chronic Care Working Group

The American Hospital Association has submitted a letter to representatives from the U.S. Senate's Committee on Finance and the Chronic Care Working Group commenting on the recent draft document on managing care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions.

Expanding access to telehealth was one of AHA's primary suggestions for strengthening the committee's proposal. Although the present draft document would cover telehealth consults for patients experiencing acute stroke symptoms and clinical visits for patients undergoing home dialysis, AHA encourages the committee to remove restrictions on covered services and technologies, such as remote patient monitoring.

AHA's other comments included suggestions related to increased flexibility for ACOs and Medicare Advantage.

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