The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, submitted input to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in response to its recent white paper titled “21st Century Cures: Digital Healthcare,” the latest request for input in Congress’ undertaking to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery cycle to get promising new treatments and cures to patients more quickly.
In its comments, TIA urged for Congress to:
- Allow for the full range of available telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities by engaging patients and families while improving care coordination, population and public healthcare
- Ensure coordination across all governmental entities in providing certainty to those in the healthcare space, from the healthcare provider to the vendors that enable care
- Confirm with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that its new proposed chronic care management (CCM) approach cover clinician time spent reviewing the full extent of PGHD, which TIA believes should include patient physiological or biometric data generated from monitoring devices (i.e., remote patient monitoring) and not only asynchronous non-face-to-face consultation methods