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Bilirakis Participates in COVID-19 Roundtable with Administrator Verma


Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) participated in a roundtable in Florida on the COVID-19 pandemic with Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Bilirakis, who serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, highlighted telehealth and the need to prioritize seniors. Thanks to the Trump administration, including Administrator Verma’s efforts, telehealth has been greatly expanded for Medicare beneficiaries, and nursing homes are receiving billions of dollars in resources and rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests.

More information from the roundtable can be found below:

Florida Daily
Gus Bilirakis Focuses on COVID-19‘s Impact on Seniors, Telehealth
By Kevin Derby
September 4, 2020

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., met on Thursday with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma and Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) Secretary Mary Mayhew to focus on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting seniors and the use of telehealth options across the region.

Bilirakis weighed in after the discussion which also [included] leaders [from] BaycareTampa GeneralHCA West FloridaAdventHealth and long-term care facilities.

“We know our seniors and those with underlying health conditions have been most greatly impacted throughout the pandemic and we have a duty to continue ensuring that their needs are addressed as resources and treatments are distributed.  A bipartisan group of my colleagues and I have been vocally advocating for Florida’s seniors to receive a fair share of treatments as they are dispersed from the federal stockpile.  Additionally, my colleagues and I want to be sure that as we develop and distribute a safe and effective vaccine, the needs of our most vulnerable citizens are prioritized,” said Bilirakis.

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Office of Congressman Gus Bilirakis
Bilirakis Discusses COVID-19 and Other Healthcare Priorities with Top Federal and State Leaders
September 3, 2020

Representative Gus Bilirakis met earlier today with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma and Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) Secretary Mary Mayhew about the impact of COVID-19 on seniors and the potential for telehealth innovations in West Central Florida.  Healthcare professionals from Baycare, Tampa General, HCA West Florida, AdventHealth and several long-term care facilities were also a part of the discussion.

The panel discussed how telehealth has been used throughout the pandemic to increase seniors’ access to quality healthcare, adding enhanced safety and convenience.

CLICK HERE to read the press release.

CMS admin. meets with Tampa Bay area health leaders to discuss COVID-19 impact on healthcare systems
By McKenna King
September 3, 2020

“From day one, President Trump has had a strong focus on protecting the most vulnerable, and that’s our nursing home population,” said Verma.

As nursing homes prepare to loosen restrictions, Verma announced that the task force is working to distribute rapid COVID-19 tests to nearly every nursing home in the country by the end of the week.

“Now, having these point-of-care tests right in the nursing homes, that’s gonna actually allow them to even potentially test visitors,” said Verma.

The group of healthcare workers also discussed the importance of telehealth for senior citizens, as they are continuously urged to stay home.

“If you asked me last year, I could count on one hand how many telehealth visits our primary care physicians did. This year, 78,000 thus far,” said Dr. Nishant Anand, Chief Medical Officer at BayCare Health System.

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