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HIMSS Partners to Respond to Physician Fee Schedule

In two letters dated September 6th HIMSS partners with other stakeholder in response to the letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2017; Medicare Advantage Pricing Data Release; Medicare Advantage and Part D Medical Low Ratio Data Release; Medicare Advantage Provider Network Requirements; Expansion of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model Notice for Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

In partnering with the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), HIMSS and PCHA support and advocate for the transformation of Medicare to support a patient centered care delivery system that is enabled and improved by interoperable digital communications technology.  The letter urges CMS to take every opportunity in the CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule to promote robust, practitioner-patient use of proven information technology to improve health care delivery, including remote monitoring for chronic disease management, telehealth, and the digital delivery of health care and prevention services.

In the second letter HIMSS joined with many healthcare and technology stakeholders to show CMS that a consistently growing body of evidence has demonstrated that the wide array of connect health technologies available today – whether called “telehealth,” “mHealth,” “store and forward,”, “asynchronous”, “remote patient monitoring,” or other similar terms – improve patient care, reduce hospitalizations, help avoid complications, and improve patient engagement, particularly for the chronically ill. In the letter the stakeholder asks CMS to expand the telehealth service list, reimburse for greater use of connected health technologies in treatment of patients with chronic conditions, and expand the Diabetes Prevention Program.