WASHINGTON, DC (July 13, 2017): 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 supporting H.R. 3120 to the bill’s bipartisan sponsors: Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA).
The legislation would strike a clause in the 2009 HITECH Act that requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create “more stringent measures of meaningful use” over time, in turn allowing the administration to devote greater focus on interoperability and other health IT objectives that improve patient outcomes.
As Health IT Now explains in its endorsement letter, “With this legislation, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will have the opportunity to transform the focus of Meaningful Use program from “check-the-box” activities to truly meaningful outcomes, including reaching widespread interoperability. In the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), Congress declared it a national objective to achieve widespread exchange of health information through interoperable certified EHR technology nationwide by December 31, 2018. If passed, CMS should fully use the flexibility provided by this legislation to hasten its work to reach this deadline and admirable goal.”
About Health IT Now: 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, patient outcomes, and to lower costs. Learn more at www.healthitnow.org.