Price looked out for doctors in health IT work

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If Congress passes the 21st Century Cures Act soon, Price, as HHS chief, would be responsible for implementing the bill’s interoperability and anti-data blocking mandates, noted Kristen Ratcliff McGovern, a lobbyist with Sirona Strategies. Read Article

Firms Push to Revise Telemedicine Law

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The forum was moderated by Krista Drobac, director of the Alliance for Connected Care, a Washington, D.C., group that advocates for coverage of telemedicine by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. Read Article

Lobbying World

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Sirona Strategies, a lobbying and consulting firm that specializes in healthcare, has added Matthew Fery and Spencer Porr to its team. Fery formerly served within the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and has worked as a senior healthcare adviser to Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), a former member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Prior… Read more »

New Budget to Impact Hospital Outpatient Departments

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Krista Drobac, partner at Sirona Strategies breaks down the specifics of the recent bill, and explains why the bill was passed by the House and Senate. “The budget bill raised spending limits, and they needed an offset; which means they needed a way to pay for it. What they did, was they implemented a site… Read more »

Running of the Bills day, Bennet, Hatch re-introduce MEDTECH Act — 21st Century, SOFTWARE Act en route — Senate HELP to meet on medical innovation today

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TELEMEDICINE ALLIANCE TALKS MEDICARE SAVINGS: Wider use of telemedicine by seniors could benefit Medicare more than an under-65 crowd, a researcher said at a briefing Monday hosted by the lobbying group Alliance for Connected Care. Dale Yamamoto studied telemedicine usage by the customers of Teladoc, American Well, Anthem, and others and predicted the technology would… Read more »