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Update on the Health IT Policy Landscape K. Meredith Taylor, MPH Director, HIMSS Congressional Update on the Health IT Policy Landscape K. Meredith Taylor, MPH Director, HIMSS Congressional Affairs 1

President-Elect Barack Obama • • • Healthcare Platform Provide for affordable and high • President-Elect Barack Obama • • • Healthcare Platform Provide for affordable and high • Invest $50 billion toward the adoption of electronic medical quality universal coverage records and other health IT through a mix a private and expanded public insurance • Improve the prevention and management of chronic Require all children to have conditions health insurance • Reform medical malpractice Require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions • Expand the primary care provider ad public health Create tax-credits to held small practitioner workforce businesses provided affordable health insurance to their • Reduce healthcare costs by employees allowing the importation of safe medicine Establish a National Health Insurance Exchange to help *http: //www. health 08. org/sidebyside_results. cfm? c=5&c=16. individuals and small Accessed on November 15, 2008. businesses buy affordable health coverage 2

Congressional Update U. S. Senate Democrats Republicans Undecided Current 51 49 Change +7 -9 Congressional Update U. S. Senate Democrats Republicans Undecided Current 51 49 Change +7 -9 New 58* 40 2 U. S. House Democrats Republicans Undecided Current 235 192 Change +20 -18 New 255 175 5 *Two Independent Senators caucus with the Democrats. 3

Looking Ahead to 2009 ü 111 th Congress will convene on January 5, 2009 Looking Ahead to 2009 ü 111 th Congress will convene on January 5, 2009 ü Barack Obama will be inaugurated as 44 th President on January 20, 2009 ü Reauthorization of SCHIP ü Funding for Stem Cell Research ü Healthcare Reform Legislation ü Will 110 th Congress Legislation return? 4

Health IT Legislation in the 110 th Congress • H. R. 6311, the Medicare Health IT Legislation in the 110 th Congress • H. R. 6311, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) Enactment • H. R. 1467, 10, 000 Trained by 2010 Passed House • S. 1693, Wired for Health Care Quality Act • H. R. 6898, The Health-e Information Technology Act of 2008 • H. R. 6357, PRO(TECH)T Act of 2008 • In October 2008, President Bush signed into law a number of bills that incorporated health IT. Examples include: – S. 3023: Federal compensation legislation that directs the review and enhancement of health IT in the Veterans Benefits Administration – S. 3001: Defense Appropriations for Nuclear Safety that requires the development of technology neutral guidelines and standards for the sharing of personal health information between the Do. D 5 and VA

Committee Leadership • Senate HELP Committee – Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) – Senator Ed Committee Leadership • Senate HELP Committee – Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) – Senator Ed Kennedy (D-MA) • Senate Finance Committee – Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) – Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) • House Ways and Means Committee – Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) – Representative Jim Mc. Crery (R-LA) RETIRING • House Energy and Commerce Committee – Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) – Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) 6

Questions? Contact Your HIMSS Government Relations Team David W. Roberts, FHIMSS, Vice President, Government Questions? Contact Your HIMSS Government Relations Team David W. Roberts, FHIMSS, Vice President, Government Relations, 703 -562 -8811 K. Meredith Taylor, Director, Congressional Affairs, 703 -562 -8847 Blair Hedgepeth, Senior Manager, Congressional Affairs, 703 -562 -8810 Kathie Westpheling, Manager, Public Policy, 703 -562 -8831 Wayne Humphries, Manager, Public Policy Initiatives, 703 -562 -8870 Mary Walker, Executive in Residence, 703 -562 -8835 Tom Leary, FHIMSS, Senior Director, Federal Affairs, 703 -562 -8814 Jonathan French, Manager, Federal Affairs, 793 -562 -8823 Stephanie Tsoucalas, Coordinator, Federal Affairs, 703 -562 -8824 Tom Keefe, Senior Director, State Government Relations, 703 -562 -8813 Carol Rowland, Manager, State Government Relations, 703 -562 -8847 Arnol Simmons, Coordinator, State Government Relations, 703 -562 -8826 Sharolyn Rosier Hyson, Senior Manager, Public Policy Communications, 703 -562 -8819 HIMSS Arlington Office 4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 250 Arlington, VA 22203 [email protected] org 7