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Health IT Now Comments on 21st Century Cures Initiative

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 Comments on SOFTWARE II

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 Comments on Federal Health IT Strategic Plan

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.

HITN Comments on Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations

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.

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 Meaningful Use Delay

The Health IT Now Coalition filed comments on the proposed modifications to the time line related to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for 2014. HITN is opposed to changing the timeframe.

HITN Comments on FDASIA Report

Health IT Now filed a comment offering feedback on the proposed risk-based regulatory framework and strategy for health IT, as summarized in the FDASIA Report. The full comment letter can be found here.

HITN SAMHSA Response

Health IT Now thanks the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for inviting our coalition to participate in the Public Listening Session on the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient.

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