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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.
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Health IT Now submitted a comment letter to Senate Finance Committee with recommendations for the improvement of care that Medicare patients with chronic conditions receive. We believe that health information is a crucial component in coordinating the care, reduced costs and standardized systems required to improve health outcomes.
The Health IT Now Coalition compiled a summary of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The full document can be found here.
Health IT Now submitted a comment letter to Chairman Fred Upton and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce regarding the 21st Century Cures Initiative. We are convinced technology must play a foundational role in fostering 21st Century cures. Many aspects of our current health care system encourage inefficiency and promote waste aided and abetted by program and data silos.
Health IT Now sent a comment letter to Congressman Blackburn and Congressman Green on the revised SOFTWARE draft. HITN believes the Committee has substantial opportunities to promote innovation by clearly defining the products subject to FDA review and those products that are not. The latest draft is the clearest, best written bill on the subject we have seen to date.
Health IT Now filed comments on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan. Overall, we are pleased to see that the interoperability of health information systems is a cornerstone of the strategic plan.
The Health IT Now Coalition submitted comments on the Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations proposed rule. Overall, HITN is pleased to see CMS emphasize the value of health IT within Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Health IT helps improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes. Read the full comment letter here.
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.
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 Practicum, in conjunction with Verizon Connected Healthcare Solutions, recently completed a study on the barriers to telemedicine. The full study can be found here.