Health IT Policy Update Newsletter

Congressional

Efforts to Advance Telehealth Legislation Continue in Congress

Congress returned from their August recess and immediately began efforts to advance a number of telehealth bills.

Federal

ONC Implements Changes to the Health IT Certification Program 
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced two changes to the Health IT Certification Program in an effort to improve efficiency and reduce burden industry-wide.  

HHS Continues its work on Cybersecurity Guidance
New taskforce formed by HHS to address cybersecurity guidance. 

Hardship Application Deadline Approaching for 2017 Medicare EHR Inventive Program
EP's must apply for a hardship exception by October 1 to avoid payment adjustments in 2018. 

CMS Looking at New Direction for CMMI
CMS is seeking feedback on a new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs, and improve outcomes. 

NH-ISAC – Experts advise hospitals should join ISAC immediately 
Several cybersecurity experts recommended all hospitals join an ISAC immediately at a recent security conference. 
 

State

HRSA Awards 200 million as States and Local Governments Tackle the Opioid Epidemic
The funds will support 1,178 health centers to support expansion and integration of mental health services and substance abuse services and including provisions to increase personnel, leveraging health information technology, and providing training.