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    Stay connected to the policies and issues impacting the telehealth industry.

Telehealth is access.

As the voice of telehealth, the ATA actively works with Congress, the administration and other governmental bodies to improve public support for, and eliminate barriers to, the use of technology-enabled health and care management and delivery systems that extend capacity and access.

ATA supports public policies—at both state and federal levels—for patients, providers, and payers to realize the benefits of telehealth.


Guiding principles for federal policy priorities:

  • Eliminate artificial government barriers to telehealth, including geographic discrimination and restrictions on the use of telehealth in managed care.
  • Prevent new barriers to telehealth, such as clinical practice rules that impose higher standards for telehealth-provided services than in-person care.
  • Encourage the use of telehealth to reduce health delivery problems, such as provider shortages.
  • Promote payment and service delivery models to increase consumer and payer value using telehealth.
  • Enhance consumer choice, outcomes, convenience, and satisfaction.

ATA's take on the legislation and rulemaking impacting telehealth.

Federal Activity
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Stakeholder Letter to DEA on Ryan Haight Special Registration
H.R. 6353

ATA, along with a number of healthcare stakeholders, submitted a letter with comments on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) implementation of a Special Registration provision for telemedicine under the Ryan Haight Act.

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ATA Response to HHS RFI: Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement
Public Law 114-145

ATA commends the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for seeking input on how to ensure legitimate access to controlled substances while also preventing diversion and abuse. This issue is very important to our members and we appreciate being able to provide feedback and recommendations.

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H.R. 6502

The ATA supports legislative efforts to expand access to telehealth services, which we believe will improve patient outcomes, patients and provider satisfaction, and lower costs to the healthcare system. The RUSH Act, introduced in the 115th Congress, represents one such effort by expanding access to emergency telehealth for Medicare patients in nursing homes with the goal of reducing unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

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Special Registration Process for Telehealth under the Ryan Haight Act
H.R. 6353

In response to the mandate from H.R. 6, the ATA convened a special member workgroup within its Telebehavioral Health Special Interest Group. The workgroup developed five recommendations for how a special registration process could be structured to enable the safe prescribing of certain controlled substances via telehealth.

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State Activity
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Help support a Florida telehealth bill that establishes standards of practice for telehealth providers

Call to action! Contact the Florida Governor’s office by Friday, May 24 with your support for HB 23, a telehealth bill that establishes standards of practice for telehealth providers.

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Medicare Advantage CMS Proposed Rule November 2018: How it Works

Increasing access to telehealth in the Medicare Advantage program is a win as ATA members strive to ensure that all populations have access to remote care. But what does this policy mean and how will it actually work when the proposed changes go into effect in 2020? This policy alert outlines the mechanics of the proposed policy.

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Watch ATA Members Champion Telehealth Initiatives.

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and HealthLink Now testified before the House Small Business Committee

The University of Virginia testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, and Transportation