Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine Act

Updated:Apr 14,2017

Time is of the essence in treating stroke — for every minute that a patient isn’t treated, millions of brain cells die. Telemedicine — commonly referred to as “telestroke” — is highly effective in improving patient access to quality stroke care and thereby reducing disability.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association supports the FAST Act (Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine Act, S. 431/H.R.1148). Medicare only reimburses for a telestroke evaluation when the patient is located in a rural area. The FAST Act would provide Medicare reimbursement for telestroke services when the patient presents with stroke symptoms in an urban or suburban hospital. About 94 percent of all strokes occur in urban or suburban areas, and people in these areas also deserve access to the improved care that telestroke provides.

Congress: Co-sponsor the FAST Act Today!

We have the technology to help 800,000 stroke patients. What are we waiting for?

Why is the FAST Act vital for stroke patients?

Why does Congress need to act FAST on increasing telestroke care?

Last year, 34 You're the Cure advocates came to Washington, D.C. to advocate for the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act. Here is why telestroke is vital for stroke patients and their caregivers across the country.

Our Advocates on the Hill

FAST Act Fly-in volunteer advocates outside the Supreme Court
About 200 American Heart Association and American Academy of Neurology volunteer-advocates spent the day last year on Capitol Hill meeting with lawmakers, calling on them to support the FAST Act and increased access to telestroke for urban, suburban and rural patients.