Dear ECHO Colleagues:
I’m excited to share the news that new legislation has been introduced in the United States Senate, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act of 2019!
The legislation builds on the original ECHO Act of 2016 and the corresponding report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released in March of this year.
The bi-partisan measure would direct HHS to establish a grant program to evaluate, develop and expand the use of technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models like Project ECHO in the U.S. You can read more about the legislation in a press release and fact sheet developed by the bill’s sponsors.
We believe this is a significant next step in an ongoing effort across our movement to work with policymakers in Congress, the Administration and in states around the country to ultimately fully integrate the ECHO model into the U.S. health care system.
We are grateful to our supporters in the Congress for their leadership, and we look forward to working side-by-side with all our ECHO partners to move this conversation forward. We will share more soon on how we can collectively advance this effort.
Sanjeev and the ECHO Institute Team