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CHRONIC Care Act Reintroduced set to Expand Telehealth Services

Last week a bipartisan committee reintroduced the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act, S. 870, which is designed to improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic diseases by, among other provisions, expanding access to telehealth services.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, (D-OR), along with Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Mark Warner (D-VA) are responsible for the reintroduction of this act which contains major telehealth provisions. These provisions include expanding the ability of home dialysis beneficiaries to receive required monthly clinical assessments using telehealth, beginning in 2019.

According to a recent piece in Health Data Management, the CHRONIC Care Act also extends the Independence at Home (IAH) demonstration and allows Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to include the home as an originating site for telehealth services.

Under the CHRONIC Care Act, the IAH demonstration would be extended by two year- through 30, 2019, increase the cap on the total number of participating beneficiaries from 10,000 to 12,000 and allow practices up to three years to receive a shared savings payment before they are terminated from the demonstration. Currently, practices must be terminated if they do not receive such an incentive payment for two consecutive years.

CHAP will continue to monitor this legislation and provide updates as they are made available. 

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