Home Care Technology Association of America Submits Comments to the House Energy and Commerce Telehealth Working Group
Comments are response to the Committee’s discussion draft legislation on Advancing Telehealth Opportunities in Medicare
January 28, 2015 11:14 AM
NAHC’s affiliate, the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently submitted comments to the House Energy and Commerce Working Group on Telehealth. The bipartisan Working Group is seeking to craft legislation that will improve access to telehealth services and technology across a wide range of stakeholders from providers to patients. More specifically, HCTAA’s comments were submitted in response to the Working Group’s discussion draft legislation entitled, “Advancing Telehealth Opportunities in Medicare.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Telehealth Working Group’s discussion draft on Advancing Telehealth Opportunities in Medicare,” said HCTAA Executive Director Richard D. Brennan. “We hope that Congress will elevate the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies in home health care and hospice to new levels.”
According to HCTAA’s comments:
“Home care and hospice providers are advocates for greater use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies because their potential for cost savings and increased efficiencies in the delivery of post-acute care services in the home. We believe that telehealth technologies will play a critical role in the transition toward value-based care models and contribute to the necessary undertaking of supporting a 21st century health care delivery model in Medicare…
Post-acute care providers have been participating in demonstrations that test new payment models, as well as investing in health information technologies and telehealth to improve care transitions and enhance care coordination with providers across the care spectrum, resulting in increased quality outcomes and lower costs.
We have confidence that advancing the use of telehealth technologies – including remote patient monitoring technologies in combination with evidence-based reform proposals – will place the nation on the fast track toward a highly functioning, technologically enabled, modernized health care delivery system. When deployed in the home as a service of home health care and hospice, telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies greatly enhance the cost savings potential of post-acute care. Seniors are able to remain in their homes longer (delaying costly transfers to higher acuity settings), are more engaged with their care and have higher levels of care satisfaction. Through longitudinal care coordination, providers are able to better manage the care of patients with chronic conditions by monitoring changes in health status with increased frequency and employing advanced analytic tools to improve the timely delivery of care, care coordination and reduce unintended emergency room visits and hospital readmissions.”
HCTAA’s comments then proceed to offer specific recommendations based on the Working Groups Discussion Draft.
To review HCTAA’s full comments, please click here.
To review the Discussion Draft, please click here.