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HHS Proposes New Substance Use Disorder Records Regulation

February 9, 2016 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Feb 5 issued proposed revisions to regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder records. The changes would facilitate health information exchange to support delivery system reform initiatives while protecting patient privacy, according to HHS. “We are moving Medicare, and the health system as a whole,...

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AMIA Urges Reset on Electronic Clinical Quality Measures

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) hopes to guide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) toward a pragmatic approach for development of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) as they relate to future...

CONNECT Bill Boosts Prospects for Telehealth Integration

by Frank Irving

Six U.S. senators and three House representatives have introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, legislation that would spark telehealth integration across the...

Healthcare Claims Data for Sale Under New CMS Regulation

by Frank Irving

Analyzed claims data from Medicare and private sector insurers would be authorized for sale by “qualified entities,” according to a proposed rule released this morning in a special Federal Register filing by the Centers for...

EHNAC Finalizes 2016 Health Data Exchange Program Criteria

by Frank Irving

With the turning of the new year, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has adopted final 2016 criteria versions for 16 existing and two new accreditation programs. EHNAC, which accredits organizations for...

Interoperability Task Force Delivers Recommendations

by Frank Irving

Pursuant to appropriations legislation, the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) has formulated its final recommendations on how to overcome operational and financial barriers to health IT interoperability. The resulting 24-page report was...

5 Ways States Mandate Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

While some states appoint an oversight entity to govern or encourage health information exchange (HIE), others put laws on the books or create policies that mandate interoperability, require the use of health IT standards or dictate...

ICD-10 Systems Working as Promised, But Cause for Caution

by Frank Irving

Two months after the ICD-10 regulation officially went into effect, evidence shows that the transition went well in strictly technical terms. However, beneath the surface, there’s reason for continued vigilance about the...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 9-15

by Frank Irving

The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability with a full-day meeting scheduled for Nov. 10 beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. Meaningful use will be front-and-center in discussions ranging from the...

Medical Groups Urge Repair of EHR Incentive Programs

by Frank Irving

In letters sent Nov. 2 to the respective leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, more than 100 physician associations called for Congress to “refocus” the federal EHR Incentive Programs “on the goal of achieving a truly...

New Discharge Process Requires Health IT Integration

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule on Oct. 29 that sets new requirements for discharge planning at hospitals and other care facilities. Among the provisions affecting IT interoperability,...

ICD-10 Regulation Kicks In, Response Teams Standing By

by Frank Irving

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...

10 Provisions Up for Discussion in MIPS Regulation

by Frank Irving

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)....

Usability Regulation Bypassed by Some ONC-Certified EHRs

by Frank Irving

A study of certification records for popular electronic health record (EHR) systems shows that more than a third of vendors failed to follow a usability testing regulation established by the Office of the National Coordinator for...

Data Governance Failures Exposed in VHA Eligibility System

by Frank Irving

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...



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