Show Your Support for the RUSH Act of 2018 

Health IT Now is a proud supporter of the RUSH Act of 2018. The bill would reduce hospital admissions from nursing homes by allowing Medicare to selectively enter into value-based arrangements with medical groups to provide acute care at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) using a combination of a telehealth connection to an emergency physician and on-site first responders.

Help us champion passage of the RUSH Act by writing your Member of Congress using the simple form below.

You can add a brief message to your lawmakers giving your take on why the RUSH Act deserves their support. Feel free to copy and paste the suggested message below:

As your constituent, I ask you to support the bipartisan Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalization Act (RUSH) Act of 2018 (H.R. 6502) to support innovation in nursing homes. 

The RUSH Act will provide new and effective care delivery options by allowing Medicare to selectively enter into value-based arrangements with innovative medical groups to provide acute care at nursing homes instead of transferring to the hospital. The legislation provides that the savings from these avoided hospitalizations will be shared directly with nursing homes that are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to their patients.

Nursing homes are facing increasing pressures from multiple angles to reduce hospital transfers, yet often lack resources to succeed under these new requirements. If this legislation becomes law, nursing homes will have the opportunity to participate in a proven model that pairs an emergency physician, connected via telehealth to an on-site first responder, to treat the acute care needs of nursing home patients at their bedside.

The RUSH Act is supported by a growing coalition including: The Alzheimer’s Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, University of Rochester Medical Center, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, UNC Health Alliance/UNC Senior Alliance, Nassau Queens PPS, and Health IT Now. Please join them by cosponsoring this legislation today. 

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