AARC Virtual Lobby Week March 28 - April 15, 2016H.R. 2948 - Medicare Telehealth Parity Act, Congressman Mike Thompson (California 5th Congressional District)
H.R. 2948 expands opportunities for Medicare beneficiaries who suffer from pulmonary disease by 1) covering respiratory services when furnished via an interactive telecommunications system, 2) including an individual’s home as a telehealth site, and 3) naming respiratory therapists as qualified telehealth professionals. The latter is most important because it will add respiratory therapists to the Medicare statute, a long-time goal of the AARC. The bill also covers remote patient monitoring for patients with certain chronic conditions that include COPD when furnished as part of chronic care management services.