From: The Honorable Diane Black
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Date: 2/1/2016

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Light refreshments will be served.

Dear Colleague,

Please join us for the introduction of this important bipartisan, bicameral legislation, the CONNECT for Health Act. This bill is sponsored by Representatives Black and Welch, as well as Senators Schatz, Wicker, Cochran, Cardin, Thune, and Warner.

The CONNECT for Health Act promotes cost savings and quality care in Medicare through telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM). Specifically, this legislation would create a bridge program to help providers transition to the goals of MACRA and MIPS through use of telehealth and RPM without most of the burdensome restrictions that are currently in place. It would allow telehealth and RPM to be used by qualifying participants in alternative payment models, including ACOs.

This legislation would have a huge impact for those living in rural communities by authorizing rural health clinics and Federally qualified health centers to provide distant site telehealth services. By expanding originating sites to include telestroke evaluation and management sites, Native American health services facilities, and dialysis facilities, the CONNECT for Health Act provides new avenues for beneficiaries to receive telehealth services.

Please join us to discuss the CONNECT for Health Act as well as the bright future of telehealth.


  • Representatives Black and Welch
  • Senators Schatz, Wicker, Cardin, and Warner
  • Dr. Karen Rheuban, UVA
  • Sue Nelson, Vice President, Federal Advocacy, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association


  • American Telemedicine Association
  • The Alliance for Connected Care
  • The American Medical Association
  • ACT | The App Association


             Diane Black

                                                             Member of Congress