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Hospitals Fail to Meet EHR, Paper Health Records Request Regulations

October 8, 2018 - 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 records requests. This finding comes as federal entities work to advance the aims of the MyHealthEData initiative, which is intended to improve EHR...


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HIMSS: Stark Law Hinders Care Coordination, Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly known as the Stark Law, places unnecessary administrative burdens on providers while hindering care coordination and health data exchange, according to a letter from HIMSS to CMS Administrator...

CMS Final Rule Incentivizes Interoperability, Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The CMS final rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System includes policies that rebrand the meaningful use programs as the promoting interoperability (PI) program...

CMS Creates CHIO Role to Spearhead MyHealthEData Initiative

by Kate Monica

CMS recently created a new Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) position to spearhead CMS initiatives including MyHealthEData, Medicare Blue Button 2.0, and the EHR Incentive Programs overhaul. The federal agency is currently in the...

CMS Administrator Seema Verma Pledges to Cut Provider Burden

by Kate Monica

In a letter addressed to doctors, CMS Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed the federal agency’s commitment to “turning the tide” of rising rates of physician burnout and reducing clinical documentation requirements to cut...

Stakeholders Disagree Over How CMS Can Promote Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and AHA disagree over whether CMS should modify Conditions of Participation (CoPs) in Medicare and Medicaid for hospitals to promote interoperability improvements. The associations submitted...

CMS Data Element Library Advances Interoperability, MyHealthEData

by Kate Monica

In keeping with the aims of the MyHealthEData initiative, CMS recently launched a Data Element Library (DEL) that supports health data and health IT standardization to improve interoperability. DEL is a free, centralized database that...

CMS Efforts to Cut Administrative Burden Still Need Improvement

by Kate Monica

In the wake of discouraging reports highlighting the negative effects of strict federal regulation and EHR use, CMS has pushed administrative burden reduction to the top of its agenda. In 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma introduced a...

CMS Working to Change Status Quo of High Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

CMS is currently taking steps to reduce the high level of administrative burden and excessive reporting requirements detracting from clinicians’ ability to focus on patient care, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told attendees at...

CMS RFI Seeking Stakeholder Feedback to Improve Interoperability

by Kate Monica

CMS today issued a notice requesting stakeholder feedback in a request for information (RFI) about how to revise Conditions of Participation related to interoperability initiatives.   The RFI will help to advance the Trump...

ONC Working with Health IT Innovators to Improve Interoperability

by Kate Monica

ONC is currently working with health IT innovators to spur the development of application programming interfaces (APIS) that improve interoperability and patient health data access, according to a recent Health IT Buzz blog post by...

Early Praise for CMS Proposed Rule to Promote Interoperability

by Kate Monica

As part of a new proposed rule, CMS is re-naming the meaningful use program “Promoting Interoperability” to reflect the federal agency’s focus on improving health data exchange and reducing administrative burden on...

CMS Proposes Meaningful Use Changes to Promote Interoperability

by Kate Monica

As part of an effort to overhaul the EHR Incentive Programs, CMS is renaming the meaningful use program “Promoting Interoperability.” The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information performance...

New ONC Guide Supports MyHealthEData, EHR Patient Data Access

by Kate Monica

ONC recently released a new online resource titled “ONC Guide to Getting and Using your Health Records” intended to assist patients and caregivers in more easily accessing EHR patient data per provisions of the 21st Century...

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