National Stroke Association Supports Telemedicine Bill

CENTENNIAL, Colo.–National Stroke Association–the nation’s only national nonprofit devoted entirely to stroke–today announced support for the bipartisan Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act. The CONNECT for Health Act would expand access to high quality care delivered via telemedicine under Medicare.

The CONNECT for Health Act gives healthcare providers the freedom to use telehealth in new payment models and incentive programs that will expand remote patient monitoring programs for chronic care, remote, and underserved populations.

Most importantly for the stroke community, the bill would expand reimbursement by Medicare for patients receiving telestroke evaluation and management care. It also will expand Remote Patient Monitoring (“RPM”) and telehealth programs for certain chronic condition populations, as well as at community health centers and rural clinics.

“Many of the current Medicare rules about who can receive telehealth care and when Medicare will pay for those services are outdated and are an obstacle to high-quality, affordable care,” said Clair Diones, Vice President of Marketing and Advocacy for National Stroke Association. “We know that access to telehealth services saves money and improves patient health outcomes at the same time. The bipartisan CONNECT for Health Act is a much needed step that will save Medicare money and advance patient care into the 21st century.”

Media Contact:
Clair Diones
VP, Marketing and Advocacy
303-754-0919
cdiones@stroke.org