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Biden Presses HHS on Information Blocking, EHR Patient Access

March 20, 2018 - 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 Act.   The recommendation came in a Fortune editorial responding to the Trump Administration’s MyHealthEData initiative. While Biden agreed with...


MedPAC Continues to Push for MIPS Repeal, Voluntary Value Program


The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) advocated for the repeal of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in its 2018 March report to Congress. In its place, MedPAC recommended Congress implement a voluntary value program...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework to Disrupt HIEs Industry-Wide


Days into 2018, ONC released the first draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) designed to streamline health data exchange and advance interoperability per provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. While most stakeholders...

AHA, HIMSS Support CMS Plans for Meaningful Use, MyHealthEData


HIMSS and AHA voiced support for CMS after the federal agency revealed plans to overhaul meaningful use requirements as part of the EHR Incentive Programs and to promote patient EHR access through the Trump Administration’s MyHealthEData...

CMS Offers $30M for Quality Payment Program Measures Development


CMS is offering stakeholders up to $30 million in funding and technical assistance for the development and improvement of quality measures part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to a recent CMS blog post. As part of the project,...

CMS Shares Plans to Enable Interoperability, Value-Based Care


In remarks at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas, CMS Administrator Seema Verma detailed several of the federal agency’s plans to improve interoperability and health data exchange in support of the value-based care system. CMS primarily...

New Oversight Framework to Promote EHR Usability, Innovation


The Bipartisan Policy Center and Health IT Now have joined forces to establish an oversight framework to encourage health IT innovation and improve EHR usability, interoperability, and safety. “To inform and support the administration and...

CHIME, HIMSS, Premier Tackle Health Data Exchange Framework


HIMSS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and Premier healthcare alliance have joined the slew of stakeholders to weigh in on the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft. HIMSS submitted...

Improving EHR Integration, Interoperability May Curb Opioid Abuse


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently recommended federal agencies improve interoperability and EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help curb the opioid epidemic. These...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Draws Differing Opinions


As the public comment period for the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft comes to a close, stakeholders are revealing differences in opinion about the framework’s approach to health data exchange. While most...

DirectTrust Seeks Changes to ONC Health Data Exchange Framework


DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, recently requested ONC include mention of the Direct or push model of health data exchange in the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The request came as part of Kibbe’s...

CMS Modifies E/M EHR Clinical Documentation Requirements


The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently applauded a CMS decision to change EHR clinical documentation requirements. Teaching physicians can now verify medical student documentation in a patient’s EHR related to evaluation and...

AAFP Offers Strategies to ONC, CMS to Reduce Regulatory Burden


The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS and ONC work to reduce regulatory burden to allow clinicians to spend more time interacting face-to-face with patients. In a letter submitted earlier this month, the academy...

ONC Funding to Be Further Reduced in POTUS Proposed 2019 Budget


ONC will receive $38 million in funding as part of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019— $22 million below the amount allotted to the federal agency in the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution, according to the...

AMIA Urges FDA Improve Clinical Decision Support Regulation


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 comments. AMIA’s...

Senate Confirms Alex Azar Nomination as HHS Secretary


Alex Azar won the nomination to serve as HHS Secretary under the Trump Administration during a senate session this afternoon. The Trump Administration nominated the former Eli Lilly American Division President and former HHS General Counsel to...

Specialty Practices Anxious Over 2018 Quality Payment Program


Reducing regulatory burden was one of the primary aims of the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule, but current requirements still negatively impact patient care and clinical workflows. Despite administrative burden associated with Quality...

eClinicalWorks Now Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Unwanted Ads


Goodson & Company in Ohio has filed a complaint against eClinicalWorks for allegedly faxing unsolicited advertisement materials about its EHR system product offerings to the law firm. As part of the class action lawsuit, the Cincinnati-based...

CMS to Prioritize Health IT Innovation, Regulatory Relief


This year CMS will prioritize health IT innovation and regulatory relief for clinical documentation, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Verma discussed the federal agency’s 2018 goals with AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack during...

MGMA Urges CMS Release 2018 MIPS Eligibility Information


The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently submitted a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, requesting CMS release 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility information. The association also urged CMS to immediately...



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