Agencies, Alliance Testify on Telehealth at Public Hearing

Boston, MA – Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts and several of its member agencies joined State Senator Harriette L. Chandler to testify in support of a legislative proposal on establishing telehealth remote patient monitoring as a reimbursable service through Medicaid. Chandler’s bill was among a list of others that were the subject of a public hearing before the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.

“This bill has been filed in previous sessions, but I truly believe that we that this is the most appropriate time for the passage of this bill.  The savings per patient is undeniable and in these times we are looking every savings available,” said Chandler.

According to a report by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 are heading towards retirement age and “self –care technologies and programs will be increasingly needed to meet the needs of this nation’s aging population – especially in light of a continuing health care labor shortage.” Kelleher also noted in her testimony to the committee of state legislators that Johns Hopkins University reported 90 percent of Americans over the age of 65 have one or more chronic diseases.

For more information on the Home Care Alliance and to read the Alliance’s testimony in support of telehealth, please visit www.thinkhomecare.org.

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Alliance’s Testimony on Health IT

The Alliance submitted testimony to the Health IT Council as it deliberates the statewide implementation of electronic health records.

On behalf of Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, I wish to add the voice of home health agencies to the dialogue regarding the implementation of health information technology in the Commonwealth.

Home-based services promote independent living amongst seniors and other individuals in need of care, which help them to remain in their communities where they are most comfortable and familiar. In addition to other major health care providers, the importance of home health agencies and visiting nurse associations in the health care system cannot be overlooked.

You may download the full testimony by clicking here.

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