Senators Circulate Dear Colleague Letter Urging Support of the FITT Act

Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), recently circulated a Dear Colleague letter asking their colleagues to support the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act, S. 596. Senators Thune and Klobuchar are the FITT Act’s lead sponsors.

In their letter, Senators Thune and Klobuchar state that:

“Remote monitoring, a form of telehealth, uses non-invasive sensors to monitor the health and well-being of seniors in their home and can prevent the premature or unnecessary placements in more expensive types of long term care facilities…This bipartisan, budget neutral legislation would establish a pilot program under the Medicare program to provide incentives for home health agencies to utilize remote monitoring technology. We believe that using this type of technology in the home would reduce the number of visits by home health aides and allow individuals to remain in their homes longer while still providing quality care.”

The FITT Act currently has six Senate cosponsors and is expected to be introduced in the House in the coming weeks. To view the entire Dear Colleague letter, please click here. Florida Senator Bill Nelson previously sponsored the bill in the last Congress.

The home health care industry strongly supports the FITT Act, and urges providers to contact their lawmakers and ask them to support the measure.

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