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National Health IT Week: A Renewed Focus

Over the past decade, the country has made tremendous progress in the adoption of health technology. According to ONC data, almost three-quarters of physicians have adopted a certified electronic health record (EHR). Furthermore, nearly all hospitals possessed a certified EHR in 2015.

Health IT Now Responds to FDA Software Comments

Today, Robert Horne, Executive Director of Health IT Now (HITN), issued the following statement in response to Dr. Jeff Shuren’s comments on the FDA regulatory pathway for software products:“Health IT Now commends Dr. Shuren for his comments today outlining the potential of a system of pre-checked quality controls as a solution to the issue of software modifications.

Health IT Now Comments on Proposed Medicare Payment Rules

Today, Health IT Now (HITN) submitted comments on the proposed Calendar Year 2017 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System. Click here to read the full comments. HITN also submitted comments on the proposed Calendar Year 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Click here to read the full comments.

Health IT Now Comments on Dr. Karen DeSalvo

Washington, DC – Today, Health IT Now (HITN) issued the following comment on Dr. Karen DeSalvo’s resignation as the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC):

“We at Health IT Now have greatly enjoyed working with Dr.

Health IT Now Comments on FDA Draft Guidance

On July 18, 2016, Health IT Now submitted comments in response to the FDA’s draft guidance entitled Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations. Click here to read our comments.

Health IT Provisions in Fiscal Year 2017 Labor-HHS Appropriations

On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. A number of health IT provisions were included, of which HITN created a summary.

Summary of Health IT Provisions in Calendar Year 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

On July 15, 2016 the proposed rule Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2017; Medicare Advantage Pricing Data Release; Medicare Advantage and Part D Medical Low Ratio Data Release; Medicare Advantage Provider Network Requirements; Expansion of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model was published in the Federal Reg

Health IT Now Comments on MACRA Proposed Rule

On June 27, 2015, Health IT Now submitted comments on the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models proposed rule. To read our comment letter, click here.

Health IT Now Sends Letter on Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

On June 22, 2016, Health IT Now sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership and Conferees for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. The letter calls on Congress to include language on how states should implement standards for an interoperable Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Click here to read the letter.

Health IT Now Supports Section 705 of the Senate National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

On Monday, June 20, 2016, Health IT Now sent a letter of support for Section 705 of the Senate National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (S. 2943) and urged Congress to include this provision in the final bill. Section 705 would enhance the use of telehealth in the military health system. Click here to read the full letter.

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