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August 1, 2011

NAHC pushing for telehealth bill

There are other things going on in Washington besides debt news, and this would should interest us ….

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is advocating for the Foster Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act of 2011 (S. 501), a bill that would incentivize home care agencies to offer telehealth services.

The measure would, among other things:

  • Create pilot programs to provide incentives for home health agencies to use home monitoring and communications technologies;
  • Provide incentive payments to each participating home care agency equal to a portion of the Medicare savings relative to performance targets.

See the message from NAHC

Here is the background paper, which includes information such as how Veterans’ Affairs saved money with telehealth.