Kansas Delegation sends letter to HHS Secretary Azar supporting HIT incentives to behavioral health providers

Click here to view the full letter.

Kansas Congressional Delegation (left to right):

Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS-1),

Sharice Davids (D-KS-3),

Ron Estes (R-KS-4)


​​​May 31, 2019​

Politico Pro: Health IT trade groups rebel against ONC, CMS rules

May 30, 2019
Fierce Healthcare: Health IT stakeholders calling for ONC, CMS to 'go back to the drawing board' on interoperability rules

May 30, 2019
MedPage Today: Interoperability Program Attracts Critics

May 30, 2019
Inside Health Policy: Health IT Group: ONC Interoperability Plan Goes Beyond Congress’ Intent  

December 12, 2018


December 5, 2018


October 16, 2018

Politico Morning eHealth: COALITION LETTER TO CMMI. ​


September 11, 2018

The BHIT Coalition was highlighted in an op-ed article published by the Morning Consult discussing CMMI's role in fighting the opioid crisis. 

 June 12, 2018


June 13, 2018

Politico Morning eHealth: HOUSE BILL VOTE ON OPIOIDS CRISIS. The House voted on a package of 25 bills addressing the opioids crisis Tuesday, part of a broader package slated for approval later this month. For eHealth purposes, Lynn Jenkins's bill (H.R. 3331 (115)) establishing a demonstration program for incentives for behavioral health providers' EHR adoption is probably the most notable of the batch. 

May 10, 2018

Politico Morning eHealth: POLITICO NOTES BHIT EHR INCENTIVES IS BIGGEST PART OF E&C PACKAGE MARKED UP. “Probably the biggest was (H.R. 3331 (115)), to extend EHR incentive payments to behavioral health providers. Remember, a similar bill — the Improving Access to Behavioral Health IT Act (S. 1732 (115) ) — passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote earlier this week.” 

​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