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CMS Proposes Publicly Identifying Information Blocking Providers

February 11, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is set to get tough on “bad actors” contributing to health information blocking. Following the announcement of the Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told members of the press that the federal agency would be publicly identifying providers who prevent health data...


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ONC Proposed Rule Identifies Exceptions to Information Blocking

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)has ushered in the next phase of the 21st Century Cures Act with the impending release of a proposed rule on interoperability and information...

Health IT Now Presses ONC On Information Blocking Regulations

by Kate Monica

Health IT Now (HITN) is pushing ONC to release information blocking regulations after the federal agency missed its September deadline. In a public statement, HITN responded to ONC’s House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee...

Which Provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act Has ONC Implemented?

by Kate Monica

Healthcare stakeholders have voiced concern over ONC’s slow pace in implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) passed in 2016. However, ONC has laid the groundwork to release information blocking regulations,...

APIs, TEFCA Expected to Boost EHR Interoperability Industry-Wide

by Kate Monica

EHR interoperability will likely improve in the next few years as ONC makes progress toward promoting the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) and implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to National...

How Information Blocking Regulations Can Promote EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

Further transparency in EHR testing and development is imperative to improving EHR usability and reducing patient harm associated with EHR use, according to AMA and Medstar. The organizations offered recommendations for three information...

HHS Draft Strategy Aims to Reduce Administrative Burden of EHR Use

by Kate Monica

A new draft strategy from HHS addresses administrative burden on providers caused by EHR use and includes recommendations to boost provider satisfaction. HHS announced the release of the draft strategy and issued a request for public...

HIMSS, AMIA Suggest Improvements to ONC EHR Reporting Program

by Kate Monica

HIMSS and AMIA recently listed ways ONC can ensure the EHR Reporting Program supports interoperability improvements, health IT safety, patient health data access, and compliance with CMS value-based payment and quality improvement...

Pew, KLAS Suggest EHR Reporting Program Promote Safety, EHR Training

by Kate Monica

Pew Charitable Trusts and the Arch Collaborative — a KLAS-affiliated initiative comprising 5,000 providers — recently recommended the EHR Reporting Program include criteria centered on safety-related usability and EHR training,...

Hospitals Fail to Meet EHR, Paper Health Records Request Regulations

by Kate Monica

Regulators should enforce stricter policies related to patient access to health information, according to a recent JAMA study that found many hospitals are not fulfilling federal or state regulations related to patient EHR and paper health...

Health IT Now, AAFP Urge ONC to Publish Information Blocking Rules

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders including Health IT Now, AAFP, and AMIA are disappointed that ONC has not published clear information blocking regulations per provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) almost two years after the piece of legislation...

EHNAC TEFCA Accreditation Program to Promote Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) recently collaborated with WEDI, eHI, eP3 Foundation, and several other healthcare organizations to establish a Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program (TEAP) to promote...

AMIA Notes Health IT Safety Considerations to FDA in EHR Use

by Elizabeth Snell

There are key considerations within EHR use related to health IT safety, AMIA explained in response to FDA’s request for input on health IT benefits and risks associated with the software functions excluded from the 21st Century...

ONC Drafting Strategy to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

by Kate Monica

ONC will work with CMS to develop a strategy to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of a larger plan to implement provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act over the next few years, according to National Coordinator for Health...

1UPHealth Wins ONC API Innovation Challenge Using FHIR Server

by Kate Monica

1UPHealth recently won the ONC application programming interface (API) innovation challenge by identifying weaknesses in a server built on the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, and then finding ways to strengthen...

ONC to Maintain $60M Budget to Support 21st Century Cures Act

by Kate Monica

ONC will keep over $60 million in funding through September to help the agency continue its efforts to improve interoperability and carry out the aims of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to an omnibus spending bill that passed the...

Biden Presses HHS on Information Blocking, EHR Patient Access

by Kate Monica

Former Vice President Joe Biden recently recommended that federal officials require providers to enable complete EHR patient access within 24 hours of a request in forthcoming information blocking regulations per the 21st Century Cures...

ONC Approves NCQA Testing Lab for Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) eMeasure testing lab has been approved by ONC as an Authorized Testing Lab (ONC-ATL). As an ONC-ATL, NCQA is now approved to test health IT products for the ONC Health IT Certification...

AMIA Urges FDA Improve Clinical Decision Support Regulation

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently requested the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) improve transparency and performance standards for clinical decision support systems in submitted...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework a Near-Term Challenge for HIEs

by Kate Monica

The ONC health data exchange framework — Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) — may cause short-term cost increases and additional levels of complexity for health information exchanges but will ultimately be...

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