Telehealth is an emerging and critical component of healthcare that addresses a number of challenging problems of our current healthcare system. It increases access to healthcare, distributes a limited number of specialists, and allows for measurable improved health outcomes in cost effective ways. Studies show that it also saves money and improves outcomes for patients.
Telehealth is an interactive telecommunications system that permits real-time, face-to-face communication between healthcare professionals and their patients who are located at different sites. Under Medicare, the beneficiary may be physically located in a rural health clinic or a skilled nursing facility while the physician is in his or her office or a hospital.
The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 (HR-2550) would expand coverage of telehealth services under Medicare in phases.
Allergy & Asthma Network urge all our members, partners and advocates to take action today by contacting their Congressional representatives and asking them to sign on in support of the bill.