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US House of Representatives Subcommittee Discussed "How 21st Century Technology Can Benefit Patients"

BOSTON, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, Massachusetts-based telehealth leader American Well was invited to testify in front of the US House of Representatives to discuss the promise that telehealth presents for the future of the nation's healthcare system, and how to address the various barriers to realizing this promise. 

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American Well's Vice President of Public Affairs, Kofi Jones, spoke before the Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA). Members of the House have worked on a bipartisan basis on a number of telehealth bills including the Telehealth Modernization Act (H.R. 3750), introduced by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH); the Tele-MED Act (H.R. 3077), introduced by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ); and the Telehealth Enhancement Act (H.R. 3306), introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).  American Well supports all of these bipartisan measures.

"Momentum for telehealth is accelerating at an undeniable rate," said Jones. "The question before us is, how do we create the infrastructure necessary to ensure that these technologies are safe, secure, accessible and cost efficient?"

In her testimony, Jones stressed the need to modernize and streamline existing telehealth policies at both the state and federal level, and focused on three areas of significance:

  • Patient Safety – The need to strike a balance between promoting innovation and evolution in healthcare, while also ensuring the proliferation of safe and secure telehealth models;
  • Licensure – The importance of having an effective and efficient system to both allow clinicians to provide care where and when needed, and also give necessary oversight to ensure patient safety;
  • Reimbursement – The need to examine Medicare reimbursement restrictions and spur reimbursement in both the public and private sectors.

Thursday's hearing followed the recent ratification of The Federation of State Medical Boards' (FSMB) "Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine," a model state policy for the safe and secure utilization of telemedicine in the delivery of healthcare. This policy provides states with clear definitions and principles they can look to for guidance when developing new policies that govern telehealth.

Additional information on the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee's telehealth hearing, including a webcast, is available here.

About American Well

American Well is a telehealth services company that brings healthcare into the homes and workplaces of patients. The Company's web and mobile telehealth platform connects patients and clinicians for live, clinically meaningful visits through video, supplemented by secure text chat and phone. American Well partners with leading health plans, delivery networks, retail pharmacies, employers, and distributors to deploy telehealth services, including solution design and set-up, provider network design and administration, and marketing to support adoption by consumers, physicians and employer groups. For more information, visit www.americanwell.com.

American Well is a registered trademark of American Well Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks used are the property of their respective owners.

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