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Key Takeaways of Clinical Decision Support System Feedback

September 7, 2017 - The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition released a summary of submitted stakeholder feedback surrounding its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing CDS systems following a public comment period earlier this summer.   Particularly, a common thread spanning the feedback in the contention that the guidelines are overly prescriptive and complex as well as in need of...


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EHRA Requests ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Be Voluntary

by Kate Monica

Thirty health IT companies part of the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) recently requested ONC make its health data exchange framework voluntary and build on existing standards to improve interoperability. EHRA’s comments came...

ONC to Implement Trusted Exchange Framework, Common Agreement

by Kate Monica

Earlier this week, ONC announced a series of three public stakeholder meetings will soon take place to kick start the process of implementing the trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions outlined in the 21 Century Cures Act....

Coalition Seeks Changes to ONC Role in Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A coalition of organizations representing patients, payers, providers, and health IT developers is calling on HHS to review and limit the regulatory powers of ONC pursuant to provisions of MACRA and the 21st Century Cures Act. In a recent letter...

POTUS Budget Proposes Eliminating AHRQ, Reducing ONC Funding

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget calls for major sweeping reforms at HHS in order to balance the federal budget, most notably repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and reforming Medicaid. Less eye-catching but equally...

AMA Leads Call for Addressing EHR Quality Reporting Programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association is the lead subscriber of a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma calling for changes to the EHR quality reporting programs MACRA implementation is set to replace as well as reduced EHR documentation...

POTUS 60-Day Regulation Freeze Impacts Health IT Rules

by Kate Monica

A decision by the Trump Administration to recall scores of regulation issued by the previous administration includes bills and rules impacting EHR certification and health IT interoperability. In a memorandum (via Politico) for the Heads of Executive...

Value-Based Care, Political Doubt to Shape EHR Use in 2017

by Sara Heath

Health IT and EHR use are in for a year shaped by value-based care and political uncertainty, according to DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA. Foremost, healthcare professionals should expect to see value-based care policies...

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. Among its main provisions to relax drug approval procedures at the Food and Drug Administration and provide funding for various projects such as the Precision...

Using APIs in Healthcare to Make Patient Data Actionable

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent post on The Commonwealth Fund’s To the Point, subject-matter experts — including the foundation’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Research Eric Schneider, MD, MSc, and former US Chief Technology Officer...

21st Century Cures Act Passes Senate, Awaits POTUS Approval

by Sara Heath

On Wednesday afternoon, the United State Senate voted in favor of the bill following an invocation of cloture on Monday in an 85-13 vote, pushing it to a decisive vote yesterday. Last week, the House also voted on the bill, passing it by an overwhelming...

Fate of 21st Century Cures Act Depends on Federal Leadership

by Sara Heath

As the Senate is set to vote on the 21st Century Cures Act in the coming days, industry leaders continue to issue comment on the law. After the Senate invoked cloture on the law and the House passed it in an overwhelming 392 to 26 vote last week,...

Doubts Raised about 21st Century Cures Act Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

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...

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act for Healthcare Innovation

by Sara Heath

The House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Act by an overwhelming majority of 392 to 26.* *Editor's note: President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on December 13. In a statement made by Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.),...

Interoperability Implications of 21st Century Cures Bill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

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...

Revised 21st Century Cures Act Targets Effective EHR Use

by Sara Heath

The Friday following Thanksgiving, Republican members of Congress put forward an amended version of the 21st Century Cures Act, which contains several provisions regarding EHR use and adoption.* *Editor's note: President Barack Obama signed...

HELP Committee Passes Bills Supporting 21st Century Cures Act

by Jacqueline Belliveau

To further support the 21st Century Cures Act, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) has recently passed the last of 19 bipartisan bills, including provisions that aim to promote EHR use and interoperability. The...

HELP Committee Works to Support 21st Century Cures Act

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Efforts to advance interoperability and health information exchange received a shot in the arm Wednesday when the Senate Health Committee marked up seven bills in support of the 21st Century Cures Act that drew widespread support in the House...

How Interoperability, Care Coordination Work to Improve ACOs

by Sara Heath

Interoperability has come to the forefront of health IT conversation, particularly as the industry emphasizes patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, and care coordination. All of these concepts have become a cornerstone of the healthcare...

Oncologists Seek EHR Interoperability for Better Cancer Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) looks to remove the obstacles preventing EHR interoperability as well as the harm to cancer patients caused by ineffective health information exchange. In a recent position paper, ASCO emphasizes...

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