Lawmakers and telehealth advocates were predictably pleased with the Senate’s passage of bipartisan legislation that would extend telehealth benefits to several patient populations battling chronic illnesses. Following another failed attempt to repeal-and-replace the Affordable Care Act, the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017 unanimously passed through the Senate Floor on Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a proposed rule this week that would allow VA healthcare providers to provide medical care via telehealth across state lines and regardless of the location of the provider of the beneficiary. The VA says the proposed rule would increase the availability of mental health, specialty and general clinical care for all VA beneficiaries.
During a keynote panel discussion Sept. 22 at Becker's Hospital Review 3rd Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference in Chicago, speakers discussed various ways to ensure return on investment from health IT.
Despite advances in medicine, U.S. health care spending grew to US $3.2 trillion in 2015, or 17.8 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. To contain health care costs, the U.S. needs to invest in strengthening the public health system and reconsider approaches to making all Americans healthier.