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TIA Urges Immediate Action on Medicare Expansion of Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring

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;

• Authorize remote patient monitoring for congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and, in the case of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), diabetes, along with flexibility for further expansion for eligible chronic conditions identified by the Secretary based on an annual review of the evidence;

• Authorize the use of telehealth payments for population health management to include all critical access hospitals and FQHCs; and

• Facilitate care for Medicare patients by allowing video visits and remote monitoring, such as for home-based kidney dialysis patients.

Read the letter sent to the House Energy & Commerce Committee at this link.

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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org  for details.

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