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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 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.

Health IT Now Comments on CMS Primary Care Reform Initiative

Washington, DC – Today, Health IT Now (HITN) issued the following comment on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model:

“HITN commends CMS on their commitment to testing new care delivery and payment models that allow better flexibility and care coordination for providers and patients.

Health IT Now Endorses Nurse Licensure Compact

On December 14, 2015, Health IT Now sent a letter to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing endorsing the Nurse Licensure Compact. Health IT Now believes that this compact should serve as an example for interstate licensure compacts and specifically support reciprocity principles included in the compact. Click here to read the full endorsement letter.

21 Organizations Support the TELE-MED Act of 2015

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21 Organizations Support the TELE-MED Act of 2015
On August 11, 2015, 21 organizations sent letters of support to the House and Senate sponsors of the TELEmedicine for MEDicare (TELE-MED) Act of 2015.

Health IT Now Comments on Draft Telemedicine Bill

The Health IT Now Coalition submitted comments on the draft legislation entitled Advancing Telehealth Opportunities in Medicare. HITN applauds the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s efforts to remove current Medicare barriers to beneficiaries receiving telehealth services.

Health IT Now Comments: Health Plan Innovation Initiatives

On November 3, Health IT Now submitted comments in response to the CMS RFI on Health Plan Innovation Initiatives, specifically on the Remote Access Technologies section. The full comment letter can be found here.

Duke University Study: Barriers to the Interstate Practice of Telemedicine

Duke University Practicum, in conjunction with Verizon Connected Healthcare Solutions, recently completed a study on the barriers to telemedicine. The full study can be found here.

HITN Comments on Telemedicine to House E&C

Per the request for comment following the May 1st House Energy & Commerce Health Subcomittee hearing on telemedicine, the Health IT Now Coalition submitted comments for the record on June 16th. We applaud House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee for its leadership in holding the hearing and in gathering stakeholder input.

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