WASHINGTON, DC (September 29, 2017): Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – responded to a newly published U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed rule effectuating the goals of the VETS Act of 2017 and allowing VA telehealth providers to more easily administer care across state lines.
Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White released the following statement:
“This proposed rule will be instrumental in breaking down geographic barriers that, for too long, have prevented our nation’s heroes from accessing the care they need where they need it. By allowing VA telehealth providers to more easily treat patients across state lines, we can ensure that recent advances in technology-enabled care reach the most deserved among us and spur better outcomes for the 20 million veterans in the VA system today. This is the product of tireless work from our Congressional champions, a dogged advocacy effort from Health IT Now, and of the listening ears of our willing partners in the administration who saw the need to act and delivered,” said HITN Executive Director Joel White. “We look forward to timely implementation of a final rule and continue to urge Congress to build on this administrative action with permanent legislation in the form of the bipartisan, bicameral VETS Act.”
Read the full VA proposed rule here.
Background on HITN’s Advocacy for the VETS Act:
9/26/17 – Health IT Now Assembles Broad Group in Support of Bipartisan VETS Act
9/12/17- Health IT Now’s Joel White Speaks at Congressional Telehealth Roundtable
8/3/17- Health IT Now Applauds VA Telehealth Initiative
4/26/17- HITN Expresses Strong Support of VETS Act
11/18/15- Health IT Now Endorses Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015
About Health IT Now: Health IT Now (HITN) is a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers that support incentives to deploy health information technology to improve care, patient outcomes, and to lower costs. Learn more at www.healthitnow.org.