On October 31st, HIMSS joined 81 organizations on a letter to the leadership of the House of Representatives urging them to pass the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017 (S. 870). The CHRONIC Care Act, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent in September, seeks to modernize the Medicare program to improve the management of chronic disease, streamline care coordination, and improve quality outcomes. HIMSS provided input on several occasions over the course of the bill’s development on key telehealth provisions.
Additionally, on Wednesday, November 1st, HIMSS joined 35 other organizations in sending a letter to leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee urging them to provide adequate funding and process reforms for the Rural Health Care (RHC) program. The RHC program is part of the FCC’s Universal Service Fund and provides eligible rural healthcare providers access to affordable and robust broadband and telecommunications services necessary for the provision of healthcare. The letter’s recommendations directly reflect HIMSS’ 2017 Congressional Ask -“Invest in Infrastructure to Support 21st-Century Healthcare."