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Arlington, Va. (Sept. 29, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, joined a diverse group of stakeholders in the healthcare space and submitted on Friday policy recommendations to the House Energy & Commerce Committee on its 21st Century Cures Initiative.

In the letter, TIA and others said that telehealth and remote patient monitoring should be the cornerstone of a 21st century healthcare system, and should be a covered benefit.

The letter urges Congress to take immediate short- and long-term actions to address gaps in Medicare that significantly limit patient access to new technology, effectively discouraging providers from utilizing advanced ICT solutions and depriving millions of Americans the benefits of cutting-edge care available today. Specifically, TIA and others request that Congress:

• Authorize the use of telehealth for all accountable care organizations and bundled payments program;

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