Senate and House lawmakers on Wednesday introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand the Medicare program’s use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services and—in the process—save an estimated $1.8 billion in healthcare costs over 10 years, according to an independent assessment.

The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act establishes telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) basic benefits in the Medicare Advantage program, as well as increases telemedicine and RPM services in community health centers and rural health clinics. The bill would also permit the use of RPM for certain patients with chronic conditions.

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