WASHINGTON, (DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) and Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.), along with U.S. Representatives David McKinley (RW.Va.-01) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.-05), introduced bipartisan legislation to increase access to Prescription Digital Therapeutics (PDT).
The legislation, known as the Digital Prescription Therapy Access Act of 2022, would expand Medicare coverage to include PDTs, which are software-based disease treatments designed to directly treat disease, including safety and effectiveness have been tested in randomized, US-evaluated clinical trials. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and prescribed by health care providers. PDTs are designed and tested much like traditional prescription drugs, but rather than swallowing a pill or getting an injection, patients receive cognitive therapy through software.
“Prescription Digital Therapeutics is a great example of how innovative technology can address some of the healthcare challenges that providers and patients continue to face,” said Senator Capito. “The Digital Prescription Therapy Access Act would enable more patients living with a wide variety of diseases and conditions – from substance and opioid use disorders and mental and behavioral health to diabetes and Parkinson’s disease – to more effectively access the care and support they need. and deserve.
“We must harness the power of innovation in medicine to improve access and treatment options for patients. That’s why I’m helping introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand access to cognitive therapies that have been proven to treat a range of illnesses, including substance use disorders and mental health,” said Senator Shaheen. “Our bill ensures that these digital prescription therapies are covered by Medicare so that more patients, including the elderly, have access to the cutting-edge care they deserve.”
“West Virginia has the highest overdose death rate in the nation and we know all too well the losses families affected by this crisis have endured. It’s critical that we do more to address mental health and addiction and seek new approaches that can improve people’s lives,” Congressman McKinley said. “This legislation will ensure that innovative and effective treatments, like Prescription Digital Therapeutics, are more widely available to help combat this scourge.”
“Living in the modern era requires medicine to adapt to meet the needs and challenges of access to quality care. Digital prescription therapies, software-based health treatments, have significant benefits for patients and provide a new tool to help improve people’s lives,” said Congressman Thompson. “PDTs have been shown to benefit people with mental health conditions like depression and addiction, providing an alternative to traditional medicine. I am proud to introduce this bipartisan bill alongside Senators Shaheen and Capito and Congressman McKinley to ensure seniors on Medicare have access to these innovative treatments.
“Digital therapy is revolutionizing healthcare, addressing many unmet medical needs and, most importantly, improving the health of many Americans,” said Andy Molnar, CEO of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance. “The introduction of this legislation to establish new categories of Medicare and Medicaid benefits for digital prescription therapies is a critical step in ensuring that these evidence-based treatments reach those who need them most. We are grateful. of the work of the sponsors of the bill and we look forward to working with a broad coalition of patients, providers and others to get this into law.
“Providing patient-centred health care means supporting people ‘where they are’. We stand with the sponsors of the bill and for all those who will benefit from increased access to digital prescription therapies. We can’t think of a more convenient and effective healing modality than people literally having access to support at their fingertips,” said Dr. Dawn Nickel, Founder of the SHE RECOVERS Foundation.
The legislation is supported by national patient advocacy organizations such as the Kennedy Forum, Shatterproof, SHE RECOVERS Foundation and Young People in Recovery, as well as the Digital Therapeutics Alliance.
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