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Making Patient-Generated Health Data Work for Providers

January 16, 2017 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released for public comment a new draft white paper developed by Accenture Federal Services focused on the opportunities and challenges of realizing the potential of patient-generated health data. Of particular importance to healthcare organizations and providers is a series of enabling actions the federal policy...


Health IT Standards, Interoperability to Gain Traction in 2017


Among five health IT trends to watch for in 2017, DirectTrust CEO & President David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA anticipates progress in health IT interoperability and added attention being paid to emergent health technologies such as health IT standards...

CMS Health Data Exchange Goals for Quality Payment Program


A new year begins with the kickoff of the Quality Payment Program and with it a commitment by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to achieve six strategic objectives, one of which focuses on its own health data exchange improvements....

Survey Shows Interoperability Essential in Value-Based Care


The majority - 95 percent - of healthcare industry insiders agree that strong interoperability capabilities are a necessary requirement for a smooth transition to value-based care, according to a recent survey. eHealth Initiative published the...

DirectTrust Seeks POTUS Support of EHR Interoperability, HIE


Earlier today, the organization released a four-point list of recommendations for the incoming administration outlining ways to build on the foundational work done by its predecessors in the areas of EHR adoption and interoperability. On Tuesday,...

ONC Finalizes Annual Advisory for Health IT Standards


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has finalized 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory close to six months after releasing and considering public comments on a draft version published in August....

Lack of Healthcare Interoperability to Hinder Goals of MIPS?


In a recent comment letter on the final rule for the Quality Payment Program, the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) contends that a lack of healthcare interoperability will pose significant challenges for participants...

Governors Unveil 5-Point Plan to Boost Health Data Exchange


Earlier this month, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) provided new guidance for addressing and removing obstacles to health data exchange at the state level. Legal obstructions, such as restrictive laws and fear of liability, and...

HITECH Continues Funding Meaningful Use Health Data Exchange


An expanded interpretation of HITECH federal funding for state-related health data exchange activities means additional resources are available to health information exchange helping Medicaid providers meet the requirements of modified Stage...

Doubts Raised about 21st Century Cures Act Interoperability


The passage of the 21st Century Cures Act by the Senate early this week appears to be a done deal, but many of its provisions represent causes for concern for the head of one organization focused on supporting healthcare interoperability and...

AHA to President-elect Trump: Cancel Stage 3 Meaningful Use


In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, the American Hospital Association has called for a cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use for hospitals among numerous other recommendations focused on topics ranging from reducing regulatory to advancing...

Interoperability Implications of 21st Century Cures Bill


After a year and half of political discussion, Congress is preparing to vote on and likely in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill with bipartisan support that has serious implications for healthcare interoperability.* *Editor's note: The...

HIMSS: Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking in Many Areas


Leaders of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently put pen to paper to recommend a multitude of changes to the Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). In a letter to the Office of the National...

ONC to Directly Review Certified EHR Technology, Health IT


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has finalized a rule updating the Health IT Certification Program to authorize the federal agency to conduct direct reviews of certified health IT. "More...

New Fee Schedule Raises Healthcare Interoperability Concerns


Three letters submitted over the past week highlight the negative impact of the proposed rule for revising payment policies under the 2017 physician fee schedule is likely to have on advancing healthcare interoperability. The American Medical...

Why Optimism Is Building for National Patient Identifier


A report from the House Committee on Appropriations contains language on the use of national patient identifiers indicating the possibility that future legislation could remove the prohibition against the federal government funding...

ONC Addresses MACRA Health Data Interoperability, HIE Measures


After a slew of industry feedback, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has made adjustments for how it will measure interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) under MACRA. In an ONC blog...

MACRA Must Do More to Promote Health Data Interoperability


MACRA requires more provisions to facilitate health data interoperability and the secure exchange of health information, says the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). In a comments letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

How is Interoperability Supporting Patient-Centered Care?


As the industry shifts to value-based payment models, concepts like patient-centered care are shaping all aspects of healthcare, including health IT interoperability and health information exchange (HIE). Through various initiatives aimed at...

DirectTrust: Add More HIE, Interoperability Measures to MACRA


DirectTrust has thrown its hat into the ring, adding to the discussion of interoperability measures under the MACRA legislation. In a letter written to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), DirectTrust...


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