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Chronic Care Management Legislation Advances in U.S. Senate Finance Committee

May 18, 2017

Today, federal efforts to improve the Medicare program for seniors suffering from chronic conditions advanced in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (or S.870) won unanimous approval from the committee.

The bill would provide more home care options by extending Medicare’s Independence at Home program, enhance team-based care by making changes to accountable care organizations, and allow greater flexibility for Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans to pay for telemedicine services, including stroke care.

The same committee conducted a hearing on the bill earlier this week to examine the opportunities to improve health outcomes for patients living with chronic illnesses. Also included in the bill are provisions from the CONNECT for Health Act (S. 1016) intended to increase the flexibility and expand access to telehealth services, indicating movement on payment for telehealth at the federal level. 

From Pennsylvania, John Lovelace from UPMC for You, a Medicaid & Medical Assistance Provider, testified regarding its support for the bill’s provisions related to:

  • Special needs plan designed to serve the most frail and complex patients
  • Value-based insurance designs offering the opportunity to create special incentives for chronic disease patients encouraging them to focus on their health care
  • Access to care through telemedicine

The legislation was introduced by the co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Working Group, Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA,

HAP will continue to monitor the progression of this legislation.

For additional information, contact Tim Ohrum, HAP’s Vice President, Grassroots Advocacy or Kate Slatt, HAP’s senior director, health care finance policy.

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