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CONNECT Bill Boosts Prospects for Telehealth Integration


Six U.S. senators and three House representatives have introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, legislation that would spark telehealth integration across the country. CONNECT...

Health IT Interoperability Among CHIME Chronic Care Concerns


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), in a letter sent last week to leadership of the Senate Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Working Group, emphasized four areas of focus in determining policies to improve...

Healthcare Claims Data for Sale Under New CMS Regulation


Analyzed claims data from Medicare and private sector insurers would be authorized for sale by “qualified entities,” according to a proposed rule released this morning in a special Federal Register filing by the Centers for Medicare...

ONC Chief Emphasizes Commitments Toward Connected Health IT


National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, addressing a joint meeting of federal policy and standards advisory committees on Jan. 20, accentuated top-level vision for achieving nationwide health IT interoperability. The remarks...

New ONC CHPL Site Will Enhance Health IT Product Comparison


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) is undergoing major upgrades to facilitate use by providers and researchers. Targeted for a late February release, the new “Open...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Jan. 18-24


This week in health IT interoperability will sharpen focus on the future of information technology (IT) product comparison. During a meeting of the Certified Technology Comparison Task (CTC) on Jan. 15, government officials gave an overview of...

Health IT Comparison Tool Framework Taking Shape


The federal Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force is on the clock to come up with recommendations that may eventually help providers build out their health IT infrastructure. CTC, an advisory body to the national coordinator for health...

Health IT Comparison Tool Task Force Hears from Providers


The Health IT Policy Committee’s Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force resumes its work this week as the group looks to build a tool for providers to use when assessing products needed for future health IT integration initiatives....

CMS and ONC Seeks Feedback on Quality Measures Reporting


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on Dec. 30 issued a Request for Information (RFI) intended to inform policy options for improving certification and testing of...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exception for 2015 Signed into Law


Legislation signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 28 offers a hardship exception from meaningful use requirements for the 2015 reporting period. As a result, eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) officially have a way...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 21-Dec.27


Year-end documentation highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability, after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beat a statutory deadline with the Dec. 18 publication of its draft Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP)....

CMS Unveils Draft Plan for Quality Measurement under MACRA


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Dec. 18 published its Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP), which sets forth a framework for clinician quality measure development to support the value-based payment pathways of the Medicare...

Interoperability Task Force Delivers Recommendations


Pursuant to appropriations legislation, the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) has formulated its final recommendations on how to overcome operational and financial barriers to health IT interoperability. The resulting 24-page report was submitted...

5 Ways States Mandate Health Information Exchange


While some states appoint an oversight entity to govern or encourage health information exchange (HIE), others put laws on the books or create policies that mandate interoperability, require the use of health IT standards or dictate connection...

Hospital Association Urges Revision of EHR Incentive Program


The American Hospital Association (AHA) filed its public comments on the EHR Incentive Program on Dec. 11, highlighted by a five-point set of recommendations to rework the platform for establishing meaningful use (MU) of certified EHR technology....

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 14-20


As last week came to a close, the American Medical Association (AMA) went public with a statement denouncing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for posting new data deemed “premature and incomplete” on its Physician...

Advocates Urge Reform, Not Delay, in MU Requirements


Reforms to improve health IT interoperability should be included in any legislative changes to the EHR meaningful use program, according to a Dec. 7 letter addressed to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate. The letter, spearheaded by interoperability...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 7-13


The week ahead in health IT interoperability offers a chance to get questions answered about how the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule affects Medicare quality reporting programs. You can join the Medicare Learning Network call,...

Task Force Grapples with HIT Product Comparison Framework


The Health IT Policy Committee’s Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force reconvened on Dec. 1 to formulate a framework for providers to use when looking to purchase certified health IT products, particularly electronic health records...

The Billion-Dollar EHR Incentive States


Government investment in promoting adoption of electronic health records largely follows a trail to the most populous states. Of the more than $31 billion paid to eligible providers and hospitals through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive...


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