U.S. Senators unanimously passed legislation Tuesday, the Enhancing Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, that aims to improve health care in rural areas.
The bipartisan bill aims to better integrate the Project ECHO model into health systems across the country. Project ECHO, an innovative continuing medical education model, uses interactive videoconferencing to link specialist teams (hubs) with primary care providers (spokes) in rural and underserved areas.
Sen. Joe Manchin said communities like these in West Virginia face unique challenges when it comes to access to health care.