Would Enable Medicare Providers to Treat Patients Electronically Across State Lines

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22), a Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, have introduced the TELEmedicine for MEDicare (TELE-MED) Act of 2015.  The bipartisan legislation would permit Medicare providers who are licensed to practice physically in one state, to treat patients electronically across state lines.  By connecting the Medicare patient and provider virtually at the point and time of care, the TELE-MED Act gives Medicare patients access to the best health care anywhere and at any time.

“The TELE-MED Act is an important step towards a healthier America.  By expanding the reach of medical resources while reducing the cost and increasing quality, the legislation will provide access to a large portion of the country that is currently underserved,” said Congressman Pallone.  “The bill alleviates the problem of doctor shortages and brings the delivery of health care into the 21st Century by connecting providers and patients virtually.”

Last year, Pallone requested a hearing that was held in the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee to examine the issue of telemedicine, the utilization of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to provide clinical health care at a distance.  The hearing was the first that the Health Subcommittee held to review the issue of telemedicine.