TURNING UP THE HEAT ON CMMI: At least one health IT group is pressuring CMMI to get specific about implementation plans for a provision in the new legislative opioid package allowing that group to incentivize behavioral health providers to adopt health IT products.
On June 12, 2018, the House of Representatives passed HR 3331 on voice vote. Politico called it “the biggest” of the opioid bills. GCS also ushered the Senate companion to pass through unanimous consent earlier this year.
This legislation received favorable coverage from Politico in May and June 2018.
On June 20, 2018, the House of Representatives voted 357-57 on HR 6082, updating a decades-old addiction privacy law to improve substance use patient care coordination. GCS will continue this work with the Senate to pass these provisions into law.
At a White House signing ceremony on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act into law. This legislation includes several provisions GCS actively lobbied on, including behavioral health information technology incentives and the partial repeal of the Institutions of Mental Disease (IMD) rule.
On July 17, 2018, the Senate passed a bill set to delay implementation of Electronic Visit Verification requirements for Medicaid-funded services by a year. Politico reported these efforts have “earned some kudos”.
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