PCC’s Better Health Now Campaign Submits Comments to Senate Leadership on the Telemental Health Access Act

Telehealth technologies have the potential to contribute to safe, high-quality primary care particularly if utilized in coordination with an individual’s medical home. PCC and the Better Health – NOW Campaign support key provisions of the Telemental Health Access Act discussion draft including those described below:

  • PCC supports removing the requirement for in-person visit for tele-mental health visits and leaving the decision of the appropriate modality of tele-mental health care to the professionalism and training of the care team and the patient.
  • PCC supports provisions enabling primary care 1practices to rely on audio-only telemental health services beyond the pandemic.
  • PCC urges the Committee to work with CMS to limit the burden on practices associated with any modifier.
  • PCC supports requiring the Secretary of HHS to issue guidance on provision of Medicare telehealth services for individuals with limited English proficiency.
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