FITT Bill Gets Two More Cosponsors
April 19, 2013 09:37 AM
The bipartisan Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act - S. 596 – which was introduced by Senators Thune (R-SD) and Klobuchar (D-MN) last month now has two additional cosponsors.
Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Al Franken (D-MN) are now also supporting the bill. The legislation would expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare to reduce hospital re-admissions in rural and underserved communities across the country.
The FITT Act is designed to be budget-neutral, and must demonstrate cost-savings in Medicare. Specifically, the FITT Act would:
Create pilot programs to provide incentives for home health agencies to use home monitoring technologies and services to enhance health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries and reduce Medicare expenditures
Establish project sites in both urban and rural areas
Identify various performance target methodologies for home health agencies participating in the pilot programs for Medicare parts A, B, and D
Provide incentive payments to each participating home care agency equal to a portion of the Medicare savings relative to the performance targets
Request that the Secretary report to Congress on the pilot in three years
Enable the Secretary to expand to additional pilot projects if health outcomes are enhanced and Medicare savings are realized
Both NAHC and its affiliate the Home Care Technology Association of America strongly support the FITT Act and encourages its members to contact their senators and ask them to support this important legislation.