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How Surescripts Lays the Foundation for a Value-Based Care System

October 9, 2018 - Stakeholders in the public and private sector have their sights set on delivering high-quality care, improving population health management, and lowering healthcare costs through the establishment of a value-based care system. The industry has made some progress in abandoning the fee-for-service model in favor of value-based care. With providers soon heading into Year 3 of the Quality...


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32% of EHR Vendors Use FHIR to Meet 2015 Edition CEHRT Requirements

by Kate Monica

Nearly a third of EHR vendors are using the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard to meet 2015 Edition certification requirements, according to ONC officials. FHIR is an internet-based standard developed and...

Achieving a Network-of-Networks with Health Data Standardization

by Kate Monica

The concept of a network-of-networks lies at the center of several stakeholder efforts to achieve true interoperability. Stakeholders in the public and private sector have touted the benefits of a nationwide network-of-networks for years....

How Improved Pediatric EHR Certification Boosts Patient Safety

by Kate Monica

A team of researchers from Pew Charitable Trusts and MedStar recommended ONC develop more rigorous, specialized EHR usability and safety testing for pediatric EHR certification in a recent JAMA article. EHR vendors and healthcare...

ONC Issues Request for Information for EHR Reporting Program

by Kate Monica

ONC recently issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment about the EHR Reporting Program to inform the development and implementation of reporting criteria. The EHR Reporting Program mandates that EHR developers must...

CMS Proposed Rule Requires Certified EHR Technology Use by ACOs

by Kate Monica

A CMS proposed rule intended to change the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) to prioritize beneficiary engagement, EHR interoperability, curbing opioid misuse, and other federal initiatives will require that eligible...

ONC Continues Overhaul of Health IT Certification Program Testing

by Kate Monica

ONC will no longer support and maintain the electronic prescribing testing tool approved for use for the Health IT Certification Program — instead, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) will take over the...

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...

Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie as New VA Secretary

by Kate Monica

In an 86 to 9 vote on Monday night, the Senate confirmed former Department of Defense (DoD) Undersecretary Robert Wilkie as the new VA secretary, according to CNN. “I applaud the United States Senate for confirming Robert Wilkie as...

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...

CHIME Commends CMS QPP Proposed Rule, AMGA Voices Criticism

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders have expressed conflicting opinions about the new CMS 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule, which was released July 12 along with proposed rules about the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule.  The rule includes...

Genevieve Morris Heads VA EHR Modernization Oversight Panel

by Kate Monica

Principal Deputy National Coordinator Genevieve Morris has been selected to spearhead the new Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM) — an oversight panel responsible for ensuring the Cerner VA EHR modernization...

How to Create a Standardized Nationwide Patient Matching Strategy

by Kate Monica

A nationwide patient matching strategy should be led by the private-sector and spearheaded by a neutral coordinating organization to ensure flexibility, transparency, and standardization, according to several healthcare industry...

ONC Data Challenge Asks Developers to Use Certified Health IT List

by Kate Monica

Health IT developers will be tasked with creating solutions that utilize the ONC certified health IT product list (CHPL) for $40,000 in prizes as part of a new ONC data challenge. CHPL is a comprehensive listing of health IT products that...

HIMSS, AMDIS Suggest Ways CMS Can Reduce Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

In a recent letter to CMS, HIMSS and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) offered suggestions to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of the CMS Patients Over Paperwork Initiative. The Patients...

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...

ONC Funding Cut in FY2019 Draft Bill, NIH Funds Boosted

by Elizabeth Snell

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Funding Bill last week, which included a cut in ONC funding. ONC’s budget would be $42.7 million under the...

EHR System, Health IT Solution Earn ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

Two health IT solutions recently earned ONC 2015 edition health IT certification from ONC Authorized Certification Bodies (ACB) Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group. ChartLogic — a division of Medsphere —...

Forthcoming ONC Health IT Certification Rule Will Support TEFCA

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced the development of a new proposed rule that would update the Health IT Certification Program to support voluntary attestation to the adoption of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) to promote...

North Dakota Statewide EMS Initiative Promotes EHR Use

by Kate Monica

The North Dakota Department of Health’s (NDHS) Division of Emergency Medical Systems is launching an initiative to allow emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to engage in EHR use during fast-paced patient transport. The state...

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