House committee to hear bills on Medicare telestroke, EHR reporting

The House Subcommittee on Health held a hearing July 20 to discuss bipartisan legislation to improve the Medicare program, including a proposal to expand telemedicine access for stroke treatment.

The subcommittee members discussed the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine Act of 2017 (H.R. 1148), a bill that would reimburse Medicare beneficiaries who present at hospitals or mobile stroke units for telemedicine neurological consults.

The subcommittee also discussed a bill that would reduce EHR reporting requirements for physicians and hospitals. The bill (H.R. 3120) amends the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act to remove the mandate that meaningful use standards must become more stringent over time.

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