Azar Could Be a Telemedicine Champion

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AZAR COULD BE A TELEMEDICINE CHAMPION: At least one advocacy group thinks the former Eli Lilly executive now heading the health department will advance virtual care. Alex Azar — whose swearing-in ceremony was peppered with insistence from the president that he would lower drug prices — told lawmakers during his confirmation process that he supported… Read more »

Health Care Policy Update – Weekly Wrap-Up and What’s Ahead

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 What’s Ahead: This Week Hearings – Tuesday, October 3 House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, “Examining Patient Access to Investigational Drugs.” Wednesday, October 4 Senate Finance Committee, “Open Executive Session to Consider the Keep Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act of 2017.” Thursday, October 5 Senate HELP Committee, “The Federal Response to the… Read more »

Health Care Policy Update – May 22, 2017

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 What’s Ahead: This Week Hearings/Markups – Wednesday, May 24 Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, “Markup: Pending Legislation.” Hearing to discuss the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (S. 1094). House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, “U.S. Public Health Response to the Zika Virus: Continuing Challenges.” House Budget Committee,… Read more »

Commentary: Time for Congress to Make Payments for Telehealth Happen

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The reason that telehealth usage among seniors in Medicare is almost non-existent is because the rules were written at a time when telehealth was used primarily to provide access to care for rural patients. To access a physician remotely, Medicare beneficiaries have to be in a rural area and in an “originating site” defined as… Read more »