Telemedicine Waivers for ACOs and Expanded Stroke Coverage in the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations Bill
On February 9, President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R.1892). Although the bill primarily provides fiscal year (FY) 2018 appropriations for continuing projects and activities of the Federal Government through Friday, March 23, 2018, it also includes components specific to the healthcare industry. The bill contains important changes to federal law related to reimbursement for and use of telemedicine, signaling Congress’s continuing confidence in telemedicine’s potential to improve care and reduce costs. Some of these provisions are summarized below.