Laws and health IT policy to expect in 2023

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The government relations department at HIMSS presents some predictions for the coming year on telemedicine, broadband growth, interoperability rules, and other topics.

The telehealth waivers Congress incorporated in its omnibus budget measure at the end of 2022 will delay the “telehealth cliff” by two years. HIMSS says it is now prepared to argue for ongoing payment for virtual care. Advocating for data standardization and working with state and federal agencies are expanding health IT policy.

They are also on its policy agenda for the coming year. In order to get the HIMSS government relations team’s perspective on these issues. Budget leaders have enquired about What effect it would have on the Medicare population and the Medicare Trust Fund. And how can they really know? Data on the influence on the Medicare Trust Fund’s performance go back three years. He said the mission-driven non-objective profit is to transform the global health IT policy through the use of information and technology.

One of its goals is to make telehealth coverage permanent. Another goal is to make access for patients simpler. The organization has also vigorously backed the Connect for Health Act. HIMSS will collaborate with licensing boards at the state level to address how telemedicine may reach more patients in 2023.

Besides that, HIMSS is also working on how these services assist patients in achieving greater reform. Members of HIMSS will discuss the long-term effects of various care locations and provider types with regard to payments. A case in point is how to determine payment amounts for audio calls. It depends on the required care and the suitability of that channel for delivering it.

Audio reimbursement is helpful when Internet connectivity is spotty. All state Medicaid plans would offer at least partial audio-only coverage for behavioral wellness. The Senate Broadband Caucus and HIMSS have continuously collaborated to increase broadband access.

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