​September 7, 2016

Behavioral Health IT vendor Netsmart still wants the Senate to take up the HELP Committee’s Mental Health bill (S. 2680) during its four-week September work period with the hopes it will give a chance to debate Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s legislation to extend meaningful use incentives to mental health providers. See the Politico article here.


June 21, 2016-
"Neither the Medicaid-Medicare Dual Eligible Demos, nor the current Medicare ACO program, can function properly without integrating mental health and addiction providers. To do that, you need behavioral health IT incentives." See the Politico story here.

June 2, 2016​-
In a letter to Energy and Commerce leadership, the behavioral health IT community is urging House lawmakers  to use “such sums” authorization language to ease funding concerns of expanding the meaningful use program to mental health providers. See the Politico story here.


March 16, 2016-
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is giving the get-behavioral-health-into-meaningful-use play a shot, with an amendment that calls for a five-year pilot. See the Politico article here.

March 16, 2016-
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said he plans to offer an amendment extending meaningful use to practitioners in the field when the bill hits the floor. See the Politico article here.


​March 11, 2016-
​Sen. Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is expected to offer an amendment that would create a $250 million pilot program offering incentive payments to mental health providers that adopt electronic health records. Seen the Bloomberg BNA article here.


March 10, 2016-
The Behavioral Health IT Coalition is encouraging the Senate HELP Committee to include a pilot program for adding mental health providers to the meaningful use program in legislation the committee will markup next week. See the Politico article here.


​June 23, 2015 -
BHIT Coalition responds to the Senate Finance Committee letter in regards to the formation of a chronic care working group. 


​​​June 9, 2015-

CQ Roll Call: "Consensus on Broad Mental Health Bill Remains Elusive" article.


June 4, 2015- 

Politico Pro article regarding Congressman Tim Murphy's new legislation quotes Netsmart's Kevin Scalia


June 4, 2015-

Congressman Tim Murphy [R-PA-18] reintroduces The Helping Families in Mental Crisis Act. Click to review the BHIT Coalition press release


February 9, 2015-

BHIT Coalition comments on the ONC's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Click to review the comment letter and press release. Also see the MHLG's letter in response to the Strategic Plan here


December 3, 2014-

Pittsburg, PA Radio Station 1020 KDNA Interview with BHIT Coalition Advocate Rebecca Smith.  Listen here.


December 9, 2014-

PoliticoPro:  "Behavioral Health Group Seeks Change in CMS Rule" article 


December 8, 2014-

CQ Roll Call: "Congress' HITECH Act and Good Patient Care" Article by Netsmart Technologies' Kevin Scalia


December 3, 2014-

Washington, DC's WNEW's 99.1 Radio coverage:  "BHIT Coalition Addresses US Senate"

Listen Here for Segment 1

Listen Here for Segment 2


December 3, 2014-

PoliticoPro: "Behavioral Health Advocates Renew The Push for Access to Meaningful Use" Article


October 2, 2014- 

PoliticoPro: "Behavioral Health IT to Congress- Don't Forget About Us" Article


August 12, 2014-

PoliticoPro: "Behavioral Health IT writes Congress on Reforms" Article


July 22, 2014-

PoliticoPro: "Mental Health Providers Plead for Meaningful Use Payments" Article


July 22, 2014-

Triblive: "Jefferson Hospital Doctor Serves as Panelist for Mental Health Legislation" Article


November 23, 2013-

Portsmouth Times: "Portman Supports Behavioral Health Bill" Article



 





Events

News

Moderator: Jonas Waizer, Ph.D., Chief Healthcare Policy, FEGS Health and Human Services, New York City, NY


Presenters:

Bill Cadieux, Chief Information Officer, The Providence Center, Providence, RI


Joseph F. Cvitkovic, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health Care, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pittsburg, PA


Kevin Scalia, Executive Vice President, Netsmart Technologies, Long Island, NY



Featured

September 26 2016

President Obama marks National Health IT Week- "During National Health IT Week, we recommit ourselves to improving the health of our citizenry using the breakthrough technologies of our time and reaching for the next frontier of innovation."


See the full statement here.


July 20, 2011-

Senate Staff Briefing

"Saving Money and Lives: A Briefing on Behavioral Health Information Technology"


 





July 22, 2014-

Senate Staff Briefing

"Behavioral Health Information Technology: A Tool to Save Money and Improve Quality Care"


 





Moderator: Mark Covall, President & CEO, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems


Presenters:

Dennis King, President of Maine Health Mental Health Partners & CEO of Spring Harbor Hospital, ME


Joan Sivley, Board Member, Centerstone Research Institute, Nashville, TN •Don Miskowiec, CEO, North Central Behavioral Health System, Inc., LaSalle, IL


Joseph F. Cvitkovic, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health Care, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pittsburg, PA


Kevin Scalia, Executive Vice President, Netsmart Technologies



December 3, 2014-

Senate Staff Briefing

"Mental Health and Substance Use Community Addresses Interoperability of Electronic Health Records"

See Dear Colleague Letter Here


 





March 12, 2013-

Senate Staff Briefing

"Behavioral Health Information Technology: A Tool to Save Money and Improve Quality Care"