Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (H.R. 2550)
Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA), Gregg Harper (R-MS), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Diane Black (R-TN) introduced H.R. 2550, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017. This legislation identifies audiologists as appropriate providers of telehealth services and authorizes Medicare to reimburse them for providing patients with audiology services via telehealth. Currently, audiologists are not considered eligible providers of telehealth services because Medicare restricts the delivery of such services to specific provider types. The legislation would expand the list of eligible providers and related covered services to include audiologists among other healthcare professionals. It would also remove geographic barriers that exist under current law and include the provision of telehealth services in rural, underserved, and metropolitan areas.
House Version (H.R. 2550)