Bill Introduced to Extend Medicare Telehealth for FQHCs/RHCs

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) this week introduced the Helping Ensure Access to Local TeleHealth (HEALTH) Act. This bill would make telehealth a permanent service under Medicare and removes geographic barriers for originating sites. The bill also would ensure that telehealth services would be reimbursed under the PPS rate and allow telehealth services to count on annual reports. Rep. Thompson introduced this bill at the behest of PACHC, with feedback on the bill’s language provided through NACHC. PACHC will continue to work with the Congressmen’s office to push for passage of this important legislation.