Health IT Now Places Full-Page Ad Announcing Chorus of Support for the RUSH Act

  Health IT Now's full-page ad in the December 5th and 6th print editions of Politico urging passage of the RUSH Act.

Health IT Now's full-page ad in the December 5th and 6th print editions of Politico urging passage of the RUSH Act.

WASHINGTON, DC (December 6, 2018): Health IT Now - a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting the use of data and health information technology to improve healthcare - announced this week that it had placed a full-page ad in the December 5th and 6th print editions of Politico urging passage of H.R. 6502, the Health IT Now-endorsed Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalization (RUSH) Act of 2018.

The legislation would significantly reduce hospital admissions from nursing homes – 45 percent of which are estimated by CMS to be unnecessary – by allowing Medicare to selectively enter into value-based arrangements with medical groups to provide acute care at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) using a combination of telehealth and on-site first responders. 

In its ad urging swift passage of the bill, Health IT Now recognized the RUSH Act's growing roster of sponsors while touting endorsements from a chorus of patient advocate groups, health IT leaders, and academic institutions, including: 

  • American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work

  • American Heart Association

  • Clinical Social Work Association

  • Coalition to Transform Advanced Care

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Health Science & Technology Department

  • Medline Industries

  • Nassau Queens PPS

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • National MS Society

  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

  • The Kennedy Forum

  • The Rogosin Institute

  • UNC Health Alliance/UNC Senior Alliance, and

  • University of Rochester Medical Center.

Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White released the following statement on the advertising campaign:

"With our ad, we intend to send a clear message to Congress that it must not dither on this bipartisan solution to improve care for some of our nation's most vulnerable citizens. Patient groups and grassroots supporters are clamoring for the bill's passage, a CMS report just last month made the case for the legislation better than we could ourselves, and lawmakers like Congressman Diane Black have already publicly called for action on the RUSH Act during the lame-duck session. This is an easy win for Congress and, more importantly, for the patients across this country they are entrusted to serve. Legislators would be remiss to leave town without acting on this sorely-needed measure," said HITN Executive Director Joel White. 

Resources:
Read a recent HITN-led coalition letter of support to Congress on the RUSH Act here
 

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Health IT Now Backs Recommendations for Telehealth Licensure Reform in New Administration Report

WASHINGTON, DC (December 3, 2018): Health IT Now - a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting the use of data and health information technology to improve healthcare - responded today to the release of a new report from the Trump administration entitled, "Reforming America's Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition." 

The report includes more than 50 recommendations that Congress, the administration, and states can take to improve healthcare choice and competition, including several recommendations related to telehealth services. Among the administration's suggestions: improving license portability to create additional opportunities for telehealth practice and modifying reimbursement policies that impede telehealth coverage in federal health programs - such as Medicare's originating site requirements. 

Health IT Now Senior Director of Government Affairs Catherine Pugh released the following statement:

"In a 21st-century healthcare system that does right by patients, access to telehealth services must not be a luxury for the few, but rather a standard benefit that is integrated across federal health programs. That is why Health IT Now led the successful fight for the telehealth expansion in this year's Bipartisan Budget Act, is championing inclusion of the RUSH Act in a year-end funding measure, and worked to ensure that licensure laws don't stand in the way of access to technology-enabled care with the enactment of the VETS Act," said HITN Senior Director of Government Affairs Catherine Pugh. "Health IT Now endorses the recommendations in this report related to expanding telehealth services because we cannot allow this critical model of care delivery to be impeded by bureaucratic rules or geographic boundaries. We support the adoption of mutual recognition compacts among physicians - like those widely adopted in the nursing profession - to create additional opportunities for telehealth practice, as the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact is not broad enough on its own to improve license portability. Health IT Now thanks the administration for its diligent work on this document and looks forward to our continued work together leveraging the power of telehealth to lower health costs and improve outcomes." 
 

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