Urge Your Senators to Sponsor the FITT Act
July 15, 2013 08:48 AM
One of the main goals of the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA), a NAHC affiliate, is the passage of the FITT Act, S. 596. Introduced earlier this year by Senators Thune (R-SD) and Klobuchar (D-MN), the FITT Act would expand the use of telehealth under Medicare by offering incentives to home health agencies who demonstrate the use of remote monitoring and communication technologies that serve rural and underserved urban communities.
The bill currently has 8 cosponsors. NAHC and HCTAA both strongly urge you to contact your lawmakers and urge them to become sponsors as well.
Expanding the use of telehomecare technologies in home care will allow for more efficient delivery of healthcare to the highest cost patients with multiple chronic conditions who account for 80 percent of health care cost. These technologies also provide a cost effective method for seniors and the disabled to remain in contact with a trusted home health care professional. Home-based remote patient monitoring services will provide seniors and their families a sense of reassurance and the option of aging at home for longer periods of time in a more cost effective setting than institutional care.
NAHC’s Legislative Action Network has background information, talking points and additional resources to aid in making the strongest case possible for this bipartisan legislation to your elected officials.