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ADVISORY: Health IT Now to Hold November 28th Hill Briefing on Telehealth Measures

WASHINGTON, DC: Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – will hold a Congressional briefing on Tuesday, November 28th at noon entitled Time for Telehealth: Harnessing the Power of Health IT to Bring Medicare into the 21st Century.

Telehealth is transforming the healthcare system – allowing providers to deliver services when and where patients need them, thereby improving outcomes and lowering costs.

For too long, however, Medicare has lagged behind other health payers in recognizing this technology. Several bills introduced this Congress would take an important first step in bringing Medicare into the 21st Century, but they need a vote soon to make such a reality possible.

At this briefing, Health IT Now will convene a panel of experts for a conversation about the possibilities of telehealth and the need for Congressional action before year’s end.

WHAT: “Time for Telehealth: Harnessing the Power of Health IT to Bring Medicare into the 21st Century” 
WHENTuesday, November 28th, Noon – 1 PM  
WHERE: 2203 Rayburn House Office Building 
MEDIA: Open press 
RSVP: RSVP@HealthITnow.org 

SPEAKERS:

  • Joel White, Executive Director, Health IT Now
  • Israel Robledo, Patient Council, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
  • Chatrane Birbal, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Timothy Peck, MD, Call9
     
Lunch will be served. This is a widely attended event. 
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Background:

Health IT Now (HITN) is a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers that supports incentives to deploy health information technology to improve care, patient outcomes, and to lower costs. Learn more at www.healthitnow.org.

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