Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Washington, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar reintroduced the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act, which would expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare in rural and other underserved communities across the nation. The FITT Act would create a pilot program to provide incentives for home health agencies across the country to use home monitoring and communications technologies, giving seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries greater access to the care they need and the ability to stay in their homes. Senator John Thune (R-SD) joined Senator Klobuchar in reintroducing this measure.
"Telehealth technology helps ensure that Minnesotans in rural Minnesota have access to high-quality affordable health care," said Klobuchar."This is one of many ways that we can increase the efficiency of health care and reduce the increasing costs of health care for our families."
Under Klobuchar and Thune's legislation, home health agencies participating in the pilot program will receive annual incentive payments based on a percentage of the Medicare savings achieved as a result of telehealth services.