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Senate Committee Pushes for Health IT Interoperability


The Senate HELP Committee drilled down on interoperability and EHR meaningful use during its Oct. 1 hearing on achieving the promise of health information technology. Top officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)...

ICD-10 Regulation Kicks In, Response Teams Standing By


The transition to ICD-10 is officially underway, with various entities at the ready to offer assistance as healthcare organizations start submitting newly coded claims in compliance with the long-anticipated regulation. Claims with a date of...

10 Provisions Up for Discussion in MIPS Regulation


A request for information (RFI) to be published in the Federal Register on Oct. 1 seeks public and stakeholder comment on implementation of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). The RFI...

Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Sept. 28-Oct. 4


The transition to ICD-10 will dominate health IT interoperability activities this week, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) standing ready to process claims starting Oct. 1. CMS has spent $116 million preparing its systems...

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


What’s being described as potentially the largest special event ever held in the United States, Pope Francis’ two-day stay in Philadelphia this week will put area healthcare organizations on a heightened state of alert. In preparation,...

Meaningful Use Requirements Won’t Ensure Interoperability


It will take more than adherence to EHR meaningful use requirements to achieve widespread interoperability in the U.S. healthcare system over the next several years, according to testimony presented at a Senate committee hearing on Sept. 16....

6 Areas to Watch in Health Information Exchange


The business of operating a health information exchange (HIE) boils down to providing data when and where it is needed to improve patient care and support better health outcomes. But a lot of moving parts must come together to connect separate...

Task Force Urges Faster Pace in Interoperability Governance


A Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) task force reviewed progress on nationwide interoperability governance during a public meeting on Sept. 9 and concluded that the pace of action needs to quicken. The sub-committee, which has been working on...

How Health Data Infrastructure Factors into Fee Schedule Policies


The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) has weighed in on proposed revisions to payment policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for calendar year 2016. The recommendations relate to several health data infrastructure issues...

Data Governance Failures Exposed in VHA Eligibility System


Ineffective management of business processes prevented consistent creation and maintenance of essential data at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)’s Health Eligibility Center (HEC), according to a report filed Sept. 2 by the VA Office...

After $31.3B for Meaningful Use, Will CMS Consider Changes?


The EHR Incentive Programs have paid out $31.3 billion to eligible providers and hospitals as of July 2015, says CMS in its latest data brief, even as tension over the future of meaningful use builds to a fever pitch.  With pending legislation...

BPC Urges Interoperability Changes to Medical Innovation Strategies


The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is urging Congress to make certain changes to the way federal agencies, including the FDA, handle interoperability and health information exchange in an era of medical innovation. Following a landslide...

ONC: EHR Satisfaction, Interoperability Vital for Patient Safety


Despite the enormous potential of healthcare technology to improve quality and bring big data into the process of providing coordinated and effective care, EHRs and other health IT infrastructure has been flagged as a potential risk for patient...

AHA Criticizes #Cures2015 Health IT Interoperability Policies


The 21st Century Cures Act inches closer to becoming law and the American Hospital Association has serious reservations about the bill's potential implications for health IT interoperability and information blocking. On July 10, the House...

ONC Asks Public to Contribute to Health IT Certification


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is paving the way for the public to aid its Health IT Certification Program by proposing health IT test procedures, tools, or data that could be approved for use as...

How Meaningful Use Requirements Hinder EHR Interoperability


Changes to meaningful use requirements over the next two years must go into effect for the sake of advancing EHR interoperability. That is one of the claims made by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in its comments...

Health IT Interoperability Among AMA’s Concerns for Stage 3


In a letter to the federal agencies behind the proposed rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use, the American Medical Association (AMA) has listed a lack of health IT interoperability as one of six overarching concerns for the final phase of the EHR...

More Health IT Interoperability Criticism of #Cures2015 Bill


The American Hospital Association (AHA) has reservations about the health IT interoperability provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. In a letter to Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy & Committee,...

#Cures2015 Bill Criticized for Health IT Interoperability


Despite the progress that the 21st Century Cures Act made this week, its provisions for ensuring health IT interoperability are drawing criticism from healthcare industry groups about their complexity and omission of certain features. On Thursday,...

#Cures2015 Draft Adds EHR, Health IT Interoperability to Mix


The draft of the 21 Century Cures Act now contains language for ensuring EHR and health IT interoperability through a variety of mechanisms, from aligning certification criteria of qualified technology to enforcing penalties for vendors or providers...


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