Prevounce Blog

An Ounce of Prevention

Telehealth Legislation We're Watching: CONNECT for Health Act

Read More
Telehealth Legislation We're Watching: CONNECT for Health Act

Telehealth Legislation We're Watching: CONNECT for Health Act

by Prevounce Health

A broad, bipartisan group of 50 senators recently reintroduced the CONNECT for Health Act for a fourth time, and there is an expectation that this massive telehealth bill could become law.

The bill was first introduced in 2016 and is generally considered the most comprehensive telehealth legislation in Congress. The latest version is officially known as the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021.

Here are some of the most significant laws included in the 2021 version of the legislation: 

  • Permanently remove all geographic restrictions on telehealth services and expand originating sites to include the home and other sites.
  • Allow health centers and rural health clinics to provide telehealth services (This provision is currently in place due to the pandemic but on a temporary basis).
  • Provide the HHS secretary with the permanent authority to waive telehealth restrictions (This provision is currently in place due to the pandemic but on a temporary basis).
  • Allow for the waiver of telehealth restrictions during public health emergencies.
  • Require a study to learn more about how telehealth has been used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill has substantial external support: More than 150 organizations have endorsed the legislation including the American Medical Association and other national health associations and companies.

In a news release, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), one of the bill's primary sponsors, stated, "The last year has shown us that telehealth works, it's popular, and it's here to stay. Our comprehensive bill makes it easier for more people to safely get the care they need no matter where they live."

Another primary sponsor, Roger Wicker (R-MS), stated, "Telehealth is enabling more people to receive the care they need, leading to improved outcomes and lower costs. This bipartisan legislation would build on the success of telehealth in states like Mississippi to eliminate existing barriers and expand access to lifesaving care for more Americans."

To access a summary of the bill and review the list of endorsing organizations, click here.


All Posts

Related Posts

Reimbursable Care Management: How to Guide Patient Conversations

One of the biggest care management challenges faced by modern daypractitioners is keeping patients focused on the immediate problem or reason for a visit. It's often easy to default into personal conversations with the patient as you connect as humans, but aimless conversations and off-topic detours can prove lethal to the typical practice schedule and mean certain essential aspects of the visit are overlooked or missed altogether, thus creating potential issues with reimbursement.

Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring During Pregnancy

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is gaining ground and securing its permanency within our evolving healthcare system. Ideal for patients who need close monitoring of their ongoing health concerns, RPM can play an essential role in keeping patients healthier for longer and avoiding the acute exacerbations that can land them in the emergency room or hospital.

OIG Audit Reveals Chronic Care Management Overpayments: What to Know

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced it had completed an audit of payments for chronic care management (CCM) services. The results of this audit have short- and long-term implications for providers of CCM services and for the vendors of CCM software that support those providers.