Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group Releases Options Paper

In May of 2015 the Senate Finance Committee announced that it was forming a bipartisan working group to explore potential policies to improve care and lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions.

The working group released a request for comment which HIMSS responded to in June 2015 and then subsequently met with Committee staff to discuss health IT’s role in this effort. 

Prior to the holiday Congressional recess, the working group took the next step toward developing legislation by releasing an options document outlining potential policies under consideration.  A number of these policies include greater access to and use of health IT including expanding use of telehealth for stroke patients and remote access technologies for Medicare Advantage enrollees.  The options paper also places significant focus on increasing patient and caregiver engagement and development of new quality measures focused on healthcare outcomes for individuals with chronic conditions.

The Congressional Affairs team is gathering input from HIMSS subject matter experts and members and will be submitting formal comments by January 26. To weigh in on the HIMSS response, send a message to policy@himss.org.