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Lawmakers and telehealth advocates have lauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of bipartisan legislation to extend telehealth benefits to several patient populations battling chronic illnesses.
After another failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Senate has unanimously passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017.
The measure would let Medicare Accountable Care Organizations expand the use of telehealth, build broader telehealth benefits into Medicare Advantage plans and expand virtual care for stroke and dialysis patients.
“The CHRONIC Care Act will mean more care at home and less in institutions. It will expand the use of lifesaving technology,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), said on the Senate floor before the vote. “It places a stronger focus on primary care. It gives seniors, however they get Medicare, more tools and options to receive care specifically targeted to address their chronic illnesses and keep them healthy. Those are all important steps forward in updating the Medicare guarantee.”
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