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house Bill H.R. 2123

Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017

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      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed November 7th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedApril 25th, 2017

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Title

Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the ability of health care professionals to treat veterans through the use of telemedicine, and for other purposes.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 or the VETS Act of 2017 (Sec. 2) This bill allows a licensed health care professional of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to practice his or her profession using telemedicine at any location in any state regardless of where the professional or patient is located if the covered health care professional is using telemedicine to provide VA medical or health services. Such authority shall apply to a covered health care professional regardless of whether the covered health care professional or patient is located in a federally-owned facility. The bill defines "covered health care professional" as a health care professional who: (1) is a VA employee appointed under specified VA authorities or under the civil service; (2) is authorized by the VA to provide health care; (3) is required to adhere to all telemedicine quality standards; and (4) has an active, current, full, and unrestricted state license, registration, or certification for such health care profession. The VA shall report to Congress on the effectiveness of the VA's use of telemedicine.
    I can do is w/my personal physician, they should too.
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    Telemedicine is HORRIBLE. My brother in law who has been fighting the VA for various appointments over the past 2 years was finally given one in August, SKYPED a doctor who btw was 40 minutes from where he lived and couldn’t get a physical appointment. Ridiculous.
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    If a vet lives far away from a VA medical facility, this could be a great way to get a second opinion on the medical care required. It can never hurt to have a second opinion or just to ask questions.
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    Too vague. I’m not a big fan of tele-medicine. Be specific with what the might be treating.
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    I think the vet should feel comfortable about talking to a professional about their problems and it is very hard to talk to a tv screen and I think it is not professional at all
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    This is definitely important especially for some of our veterans from American Samoa, since they are thousands of miles away from any VA hospital. There are many others who are also prohibitively far away from VA hospitals. While it would be better for them to make it to the VA locations, sometimes it is not very practical, and this is an alternative that may be able to help some veterans.
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