Special Session on Medicare Reforms and CHRONIC Care Act Implementation

 

A Message from Ann Mond Johnson:

The CHRONIC Care Act, recently enacted in the funding bill earlier this year, represents the most significant leap forward for Telemedicine in nearly 20 years.  In addition to enhancing Medicare service delivery options and broadening patient choice, the new law includes an unprecedented opportunity to determine the future of coverage for telehealth services writ large.  Specifically, a subsection of the law directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to hold a public comment period to determine which services and modalities should be included in a “telehealth benefit” in Medicare Advantage plans, for example. Federal law requires that HHS consider public comment in its determination of a final rule.

That’s why I am calling on the ATA community to come together and advocate for the broadest and most inclusive framework, to afford Medicare beneficiaries the access to care that they deserve.  With anticipated Medicare fee-for-service and Medicare Advantage related rulemaking in the coming months, Policy lead Latoya Thomas will convene an all-member strategy session on Medicare reforms and its implications including CHRONIC at ATA18.

The special policy session will take place May 1 at 12pm. If you are interested in joining us for the discussion, register for ATA18 and RSVP to meetings@americantelemed.org

As an ATA member, you represent the vanguard of telehealth thought leadership.  In my role as the new CEO of ATA, I am committed to creating an open and inclusive process for gathering, and submitting, member comments that show the many and varied use cases and scenarios for telehealth deployment for HHS’ full consideration.  I hope you will be part of this process:

  • Special conference strategy session on Medicare reforms including CHRONIC provisions and upcoming public comment periods;
    • Anticipated CMS regulations on Medicare payment for physicians and outpatient settings expected in June or July 2018;
    • Anticipated CMS regulations on MA determination of which services and modalities should be included in a “telehealth benefit” expected before November 2018;
  • Post-conference in-person and e-mail opportunities to refine focus areas and solicit input for response to CMS regulatory proposals; and
  • ATA submits full membership comments to HHS.

There is no more important time to be a member of ATA, and no better opportunity to re-engage with us on matters of such critical importance.  Together, we will continue to rally ATA members and key stakeholders to keep the pressure on during this important period of time.

To join this special policy session, RSVP to meetings@americantelemed.org. Please note that you must be registered for ATA18 to attend. 

 

Resources:

Read the American Telemedicine Association’s statement on the signing of the CHRONIC Care Act.

Download the fact sheet for more information on the CHRONIC Care Act’s implications for telehealth. (Coming soon!)