Washington, D.C. – The Health IT Now Coalition issued the following statement in support of the SGR reform bill, which passed the Senate this evening with broad, bipartisan support. The proposal creates new models of care and provides incentive payments to providers who practice the highest quality, most efficient care.
“Passage of an SGR reform package is a long-awaited win for patients, taxpayers, providers and beneficiaries across the country,” said Joel White, Executive Director of Health IT Now. “There are several things about this bill that patients should be proud of. This legislation includes CMS data sharing, interoperability by a date certain, information blocking provisions, Meaningful Use incentive payment changes, and measures to advance telemedicine. I look forward to President Obama signing this into law, paving the way for a true technology-enabled health system.”
About the Health IT Now Coalition: Health IT Now (HITN) is a broad based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers that supports incentives to deploy health information technology to improve care, provider performance, patient outcomes and to lower costs. Learn more at www.healthitnow.org.