Bipartisan bill seeks to expand kidney care access, includes telehealth component

Three U.S. Representatives on May 24 introduced bipartisan legislation to improve access to kidney care treatments.

The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2017 — introduced by Tom Marino, R-Pa., John Lewis, D-Ga., and Peter Roskam, R-Ill. — aims to strengthen federal research efforts, improve patient care and expand treatment access related to chronic kidney disease. The bill would improve dialysis infrastructure and expand care options, including restricted access to at-home dialysis and other telehealth services.

"An individual determined to have end-stage renal disease receiving home dialysis may choose to receive the monthly end-stage renal disease-related visits furnished on or after Jan. 1, 2018, via telehealth if the individual receives a face-to-face visit, without the use of telehealth, at least once every three consecutive months," the bill reads.

Click here to view the full bill.

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