The path to practicing medicine is paved with an array of regulatory hurdles, program deadlines and security requirements — each with different applications to various aspects of healthcare.
As a health policy advocate on Capitol Hill, Greenway Health™ works not only to help you navigate this complex system of regulation, but also to shape public policy. We keep you informed on upcoming changes and develop tools to assist you in delivering the highest-quality, compliant care.
Greenway Health stays informed of all legislative issues that affect customers and the healthcare industry.
In the past, that has included:
We value transparency, which is why we share our position publically through press releases and published comment letters, including recent letters on 2014 Meaningful Use reporting NPRM and PROTECT Act Comment Letter.
Greenway Health’s government affairs team publishes regular blogs and a monthly newsletter to keep customers informed of new and changing public policy. You can sign up to receive notifications when a new blog or newsletter is available.
Within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sets annual physician fee schedules and administers incentive programs such as meaningful use, PQRS and the new value-based modifier.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) administers certification programs of electronic health records (EHRs) and is increasingly establishing data exchange standards and interoperability timelines and governance impacting ambulatory and hospital care. ONC also authorizes the funding of state and regional health information exchange (HIE) programs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have also established guidance and regulatory examinations of healthcare information technology. In addition, Congress has in the last two years put forth an unprecedented number of bills relating to physician payment, diagnostic coding and physician incentive programs.
As co-founder of the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA), staff members of Greenway Health actively participate in multiple EHRA committees focusing on public policy, exchange standards, patient safety, privacy and security and other issues listed above. The association maintains an ongoing dialogue with Congress and federal agencies formalized through public comment.
Individually, Greenway also interacts directly with ONC and CMS staff, and conducts periodic “Hill visits” to Congressional offices in Washington, D.C.
Greenway Health and its customers can collaborate on or co-author public comment letters and we can support the submission of caregiver documents to Congress and oversight agencies.
Greenway Health customers can also present direct testimony at Congressional hearings, agency annual meetings or fact-finding sessions. For example, in February 2015, Greenway customers joined other healthcare leaders to testify before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee hearing on ICD-10 readiness.