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HIMSS Weighs in on MACRA Interoperability Measures Debate

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Just as other experts have suggested, the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) and the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) have suggested CMS expand its scope in interoperability measures under the new MACRA legislation....

Patient-Centered Interoperability Necessary for MACRA Success

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The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) has joined the many other healthcare associations which have contributed comments to ONC regarding interoperability measures under MACRA, saying that these measures should also include provisions to...

ONC Needs to Expand Scope of MACRA Interoperability Measures

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) answered the ONC’s request for information on interoperability measures and definitions under the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act, saying that the agency must explore more standards by which...

VA Achieves Interoperability through Joint Legacy Viewer

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has officially reached its interoperability requirements through implementation of its Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) EHR. In an article published on FedTech Magazine’s website, VA’s chief information...

Clinical Trial Success Relies on Health Data Interoperability

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Health data interoperability may be the key to enhancing clinical trials, says the Food and Drug Administration. In its recent draft guide Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations, the FDA discussed the potential EHR data...

Task Force Says Federal API Requirements Need Standardization

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The API Task Force Committee, a subset under the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has released a set of guidelines calling for better coordination for the protocol of application programming interface (API)...

FDA Medical Device Interoperability Draft Needs Clarification

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The FDA needs to provide more clarity on medical device interoperability, say the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) and Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in a recent public comments letter. According to the letter,...

ONC Issues RFI on Defining Interoperability Under MACRA

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a request for information (RFI) aimed at reconciling interoperability definitions with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The RFI,...

HELP Committee to Meet to Mark Up Final Interoperability Bills

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will meet April 6 to discuss bipartisan legislation advancing health IT interoperability to support the 21st Century Cures Act. On the docket for the meeting will be five bipartisan...

HIMSS Calls for Minor Changes to ONC Interoperability Advisory

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory is a generally commendable document in need of minor clarifications, according to the Healthcare Information Management Systems...

GaHIN Named Georgia Entity for Health Information Exchange

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has approved the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) as the designated entity for the State of Georgia Health Information Exchange (HIE). The official designation, announced Feb. 19, opens up new funding opportunities...

ONC Announces New Health Data Standards and Technology Lab

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has developed a new approach to unifying its healthcare data standards and technology initiatives. Steven Posnack, director of the agency’s Office of Standards and Technology, introduced...

New Measures Align to Simplify Health Quality Data Reporting

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Physicians stand to benefit from newly announced regulatory streamlining for reporting of quality measures, some of which require clinical data extracted from electronic health records. The Core Quality Measures Collaborative — introduced...

Work Begins on Precision Medicine Healthcare Data Standards

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Over the next four months, a Health IT Standards Committee task force will be developing and refining recommendations to support the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) under which providers, researchers and patients will work toward individualized...

Public Health Expert Joins Texas Health Information Exchange

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The former president of a public health foundation, Jon Law, has been named executive director of the West Texas-based Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange (HIE). The HIE’s board of directors announced Law’s appointment on Feb...

EHR Incentive Program Exclusions for Low Broadband Speeds

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Providers in parts of four states — Alaska, Idaho, Texas and Utah — qualify for broadband access exclusion under the EHR Incentive Programs, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “CMS offers...

Health IT Task Force Synthesizes Open API Themes

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Health IT integration will reach a significant threshold when, as specified under 2015 Edition criteria, electronic health records systems and related tools must provide consumer-facing access to the Common Clinical Data Set via an application...

HELP Clears Improving Health Information Technology Act

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With health IT interoperability as one of it seven pillars, the Improving Health Information Technology Act (S. 2511) received unanimous support from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee members yesterday. The legislation...

HHS Proposes New Substance Use Disorder Records Regulation

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Feb 5 issued proposed revisions to regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder records. The changes would facilitate health information exchange to support delivery...

AMIA Urges Reset on Electronic Clinical Quality Measures

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) hopes to guide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) toward a pragmatic approach for development of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) as they relate to future policy...

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