Advocacy

OCHIN, CTN’s parent company, aims to translate our research, collaborations and robust data and analytics into policies and positions that improve access to care and health outcomes for vulnerable patients in underserved communities.

CTN is uniquely positioned to advocate for California’s rural and safety net clinics and hospitals.  CTN has connected over 300 clinics and hospitals and maintains ongoing working relationships with clinical and technical professionals at each location.  CTN continues to make sure the voices of rural and medically underserved communities are heard by educating federal and State elected officials and policy makers on key broadband technology and telehealth issues and developments.  In addition, OCHIN, CTN’s parent company, aims to translate clinical research, collaborations and robust data and analytics into policies and positions that improve access to care and health outcomes for vulnerable patients in underserved communities.

We advocate for:

Expansion of virtual care models to increase access for rural and underserved communities


Public Comments

OCHIN, CTN’s parent company, regularly comments on proposed regulatory and federal guidelines to share our perspective as a health innovation organization. 

2018 Public Comments

Medicaid and Medicare Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction

Published 11/19/18
OCHIN commented in support of reducing increasing transparency and reducing burden using a number of methods. We advocatecd for using MAT and other funding to onboard behavioral health providers, standardizing telehealth payer structure, continuing adoption of 2015 or greater CEHRT and enabling national framework’s standards, integrating external capabilities into the EHR such as PDMP, and finally, 42 CFR Part 2 reformation.


California Telehealth Policy Manual Updates

Published 11/15/18
OCHIN submitted comments echoing those of the California Telehealth Policy Coalition in response to updates to the California Telehealth Policy Manual. We advocated for funding to expand broadband connectivity and telehealth projects, standardization of payments and networks for eConsult and telehealth services, allowing non-CA based providers to virtually serve CA patients, and alignment of eConsult codes.


Healthcare Innovation Caucus Request for Information

Published 8/7/18
OCHIN took the opportunity to express the great need for utilize technology to expand care for the safety net. Increasing virtual screening, e-consults, tele-counseling, and remote patient monitoring will increase access to specialist care, and improve both outcomes and costs. OCHIN also advocated for an increase in reimbursement rates for virtual care.


Contact

Fore more information on OCHIN’s government affairs work, please contact:

Jennifer Stoll,
Vice President of Government Affairs
503.943.5787