Advocacy

Telehealth Action Alert!

HIMSS Iowa needs your help to push important telehealth legislation through the U.S. House! Currently, there are significant roadblocks to telehealth expansion in Medicare despite its importance in advancing the Triple Aim (i.e., improving individual patient care and population health while lowering costs). 

House Bill 2556, the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017, would greatly expand the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring programs. Please join HIMSS Iowa in supporting the CONNECT for Health Act! Find your Congressman here or click on their contact page listed below. A quick message of support looks like this:

Hi, I'm a HIMSS Iowa member and I'd like [your Congressman] to cosponsor House Bill 2556, the CONNECT for Health Act. This bill will support telehealth expansion and coverage.

That's it! Feel free to ask family, friends and colleagues for their support on this legislation as well.

Contact Rep. David Young (Iowa's 3rd District)

Contact Rep. Rob Blum (Iowa's 1st District) 

Contact Rep. Dave Loebsack (Iowa's 2nd District)

Contact Rep. Steve King (Iowa's 4th District)

HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable

HIMSS Iowa participates in the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR) program. CAR provides an opportunity for Chapter members to coordinate advocacy efforts at the grassroots level to build the political will for legislation that leverages health information technology (IT) and management systems to save lives, improve outcomes of care, and reduce costs. For more information on CAR or to become a Chapter Advocate, e-mail Cody Zoss at CZoss@mercydesmoines.org or visit http://iowa.himsschapter.org/advocacy-7. You can also visit the HIMSS Action Center and HIMSS IT Public Policy Web page for additional information on important policy issues. 

Chapter Advocates

HIMSS Iowa utilizes Chapter Advocates to drive prioritized legislation forward. Chapter Advocates are HIMSS Iowa members who volunteer to participate in CAR. Chapter Advocates advocate on behalf of HIMSS and HIMSS Iowa to further health IT policy and build political will for key legislation by calling or writing in to their representatives, meeting with their representatives, and lending their expertise to educational events and panels. Chapter Advocates become health IT subject-matter experts through interactions with CAR. Current Chapter Advocates include:

  • Cody Zoss, Roundtable Chair
  • Joy Selleck, Roundtable Vice-Chair
  • Lisa Buland
  • Richard Daswick
  • Benjamin Lefever
  • Bill Coddington
  • Nick Jones

For more information on CAR or to become a Chapter Advocate, e-mail Cody Zoss at CZoss@mercydesmoines.org.

Legislative Priorities

Top HIMSS legislative issues this year include:

Supporting Care Transformation

  • Quality, Safety and Outcomes
  • Clinical & Administrative Efficiency
  • Interoperability, Health Information Exchange & Infrastructure
  • Innovation & Research
  • Information Privacy and Security
  • Patient Activation and Engagement

Expanding Access to High Quality Care

  • Connected Health
  • Equity

Increasing Economic Opportunity

  • Workforce Development
  • Economic Growth

Making Communities Healthier

  • Population Health Management
  • Public Health

HIMSS Resources

HIMSS Action Center 
HIMSS mobilizes its members around the country and seeks to perform multiple levels of outreach activities to members of Congress and their staff through a variety of initiatives, providing accurate information about health information technology (IT) to help them make effective public policy decisions. Learn how to take action now.

Health IT Public Policy
HIMSS believes that the appropriate use of information technology (IT) and management systems can transform healthcare to save lives, improve outcomes of care and reduce costs. Learn about key issues in health IT public policy.

Additional Resources

Iowa Legislative Process

Iowa Legislator State District Maps

U.S. Legislative Process