Senators Thune and Klobuchar Reintroduce Telehealth Bill Aimed at Reducing Hospital Readmissions
Monday, March 25, 2013
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reintroduced legislation to expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare to reduce hospital readmissions in rural and underserved communities across the nation. The bipartisan Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act (S. 596) would create a pilot program to provide incentives for home health agencies across the country to use remote patient monitoring (RPM), to better monitor Medicare beneficiaries, improve health outcomes and reduce Medicare expenditures.

The bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create pilot projects providing incentives for home health agencies to purchase and utilize remote patient monitoring and communication technologies. The technology would establish performance targets based on historic Medicare spending. The performance targets would measure success both through health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries and savings under Medicare due to the technology.

VNAA is a strong supporter of this legislation. In 2012, VNAA award Senator Amy Klobuchar the Congressional Champion Award for her work on this issue and her commitment to agencies serving rural communities. To read more about the legislation, please click here.

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