AN OPERATOR IS TRYING TO CONNECT YOUR CALL: A coalition of telemedicine advocates in Congress are working to attach Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz‘s CONNECT for Health Act onto a year-end spending bill. The bill would expand telemedicine coverage in Medicare through alternative payment models, Medicare Advantage and for stroke care. Because the bill is backed by Senate Appropriations Chair Thad Cochran, supporters feel they have a better-than-average chance of getting it tied to a must-pass spending bill.
However, some members of Congress expect a “clean” continuing resolution. “There no way to say with certainty what may or may not be included in appropriations legislation considered during the lame duck,” a Senate Appropriations Committee spokesperson tells David.
From Morning eHealth and Arthur Allen of POLITICO