Home Health Patient Monitoring Bill Gaining Steam in Congress

The bipartisan Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act – S. 596 – which was introduced by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) last month now has two additional cosponsors. Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Al Franken (D-MN) are now also supporting the bill. The legislation would expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare to reduce hospital re-admissions in rural and underserved communities across the country.

The FITT Act is designed to be budget-neutral, and must demonstrate cost-savings in Medicare. Specifically, the FITT Act would:

  • Create pilot programs to provide incentives for home health agencies to use home monitoring technologies and services to enhance health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries and reduce Medicare expenditures
  • Establish project sites in both urban and rural areas
  • Identify various performance target methodologies for home health agencies participating in the pilot programs for Medicare parts A, B, and D
  • Provide incentive payments to each participating home care agency equal to a portion of the Medicare savings relative to the performance targets
  • Request that the Secretary report to Congress on the pilot in three years
  • Enable the Secretary to expand to additional pilot projects if health outcomes are enhanced and Medicare savings are realized.

This bill is supported by the Home Care Association of Florida, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, the Home Care Technology Association of America, the National Rural Health Association, HealthEverywhere and the American Hospital Association.

Take Action Now!

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) cosponsored the FITT Act in the previous Congress, and we need his and Senator Rubio’s support again! Click here to take action and encourage Senators Nelson and Rubio to support the FITT Act for Florida’s seniors.

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