Health IT Now Sends Letter to HHS Secretary Price on Priorities for New Administration

Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – sent a letter today to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price outlining the advocacy group’s regulatory priorities for use of health IT within the new administration. 

The letter was first unveiled publicly today at a Capitol Hill briefing featuring Health IT Now partners including the National Association of Manufacturers, athenahealth, IntrinsiQ Specialty Solutions, and others.

In its correspondence to Secretary Price, Health IT Now notes the new administration’s “fantastic opportunity” to “incent the uptake and use of health IT that makes providers’ lives easier and better patient outcomes through more accessible information.” Specific recommendations include:

  • Implementing interoperability requirements in a way that maximizes data sharing and private sector standards;
  • Preventing information blocking as counter to patient safety and interoperability;
  • Refocusing the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) role as a coordinator and facilitator of information technology, rather than a heavy-handed regulator;
  • Rescinding the ONC Enhanced Oversight and Accountability final rule and conduct a thorough review of ONC’s role in the marketplace;
  • Limiting the ONC certification program to verification of functionality necessary to perform measures required for participation in Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) payment models; and
  • Prioritizing implementation of virtual groups as mandated by MACRA.