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Netsmart advocacy on key legislative and public policy issues

Lawmakers and regulators make decisions every day that impact healthcare and how providers deliver services. Netsmart is an advocate on key federal legislative and regulatory issues on behalf of our clients and those they serve. Scroll to learn more about our current areas of focus:

 

Access to Behavioral Health Information Technology Act 

This act promotes the testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for the adoption and use of certified electronic health record technology through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

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Overdose and Prevention and Safety Act (H.R. 6082)

This act aligns 42 CFR Part 2 federal privacy regulation with HIPAA for sharing of addiction treatment records for Treatment, Payment and Operations (TPO) only, removes impediments to fully-informed care in integrated care settings, reduces safety risks to patients and strengthens patient privacy protections.

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A Bill to Improve Home Health Payment Reforms Under the Medicare Program (S. 433)

This bill addresses behavioral adjustments that would have a major impact on home health providers under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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Access to Behavioral Health Information Technology Act

This act promotes the testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for the adoption and use of certified electronic health record technology through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). It is included as Sec. 6001 of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, the large opioid treatment bill signed into law in October 2018. Providers from any Netsmart client community will be eligible if they meet the required eligibility criteria.

Sponsors (of the Access Act, which became Sec. 6001 of the SUPPORT Act)

  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), retired
  • Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
  • Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)

Status

CMMI is reviewing Sec. 6001 and other financing demonstrations for funding amounts, application procedures and timeframes.

Netsmart advocacy

Netsmart is advocating for maximum funding. We are also providing input to CMMI and CMS on the scale of provider need and optimal fit for the pilot within their implementation of the SUPPORT Act.

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Overdose and Prevention and Safety Act (H.R. 6082)

This act aligns 42 CFR Part 2 federal privacy regulation with HIPAA for sharing of addiction treatment records for Treatment, Payment and Operations (TPO) only, removes impediments to fully-informed care in integrated care settings, reduces safety risks to patients and strengthens patient privacy protections.

Status

The Behavioral Health Information Technology Act passed the House in a bipartisan 357-57 vote in the session of Congress ended Dec. 31, 2018. No Senate action was taken on a companion bill.

Sponsors

N/A, awaiting reintroduction

Netsmart advocacy

We are working with the Partnership to Amend 42 CFR Part 2 on reintroduction of the bill in the current Congress.

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A Bill to Improve Home Health Payment Reforms Under the Medicare Program (S. 433)

This bill addresses behavioral adjustments that would have a major impact on home health providers under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. It would require CMS to base payment rate adjustments on observed evidence rather than assumptions of provider behavior. Also requires the phase-in of any necessary rate increases or decreases to be no greater than 2 percent per year to limit the risk of disruption in care.

Sponsor

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)

Co-sponsors

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA)
  • Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL)
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Status

Introduced and referred to Senate Finance Committee

Netsmart advocacy

Netsmart supports partner association advocacy efforts.

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Article: Home Health Care News, Feb. 12, 2019

Your letters and meetings with legislators make a difference! To join us in advocacy, contact Dave Kishler, Netsmart senior industry relations strategist at 740.819.6760 or dkishler@ntst.com