Congressional Panel Plans to Increase Medicare Telehealth Reimbursement

Jan. 14, 2015

A work group of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is drafting a four-year plan to eliminate existing barriers to care for Medicare patients.

The group plans to seek coverage for telehealth services just the same as in-person visits are covered. Eight Committee members, including sponsors of recent major telehealth bills, would direct the Health and Human Services Secretary to implement a new methodology, including capitated rates and bundled payments, for Medicare covered services by telehealth without a net increase to Medicare costs. 

ATA has been working with Committee staff on the bill’s specific language.  The work group is seeking public comments by Jan. 26, 2015 as part of the Committee’s “21st Century Cures” initiative. Read the draft here.