HIE News Round Up: VA Secretary Nominee Stresses Need for New EHR System; CMS and Promoting Interoperability; and Improper Medicaid Payments
Welcome to the Health Information Exchange Weekly News Round Up from RosettaHealth. Each week, we will provide you with a summary of all the actionable news that hospitals, HIT vendors, ACOs, and population health providers need to be smart and effective when it comes to health information exchange.
Wilkie Stresses New EHR System Need in VA Secretary Hearing
Having a new EHR system is the first step to modernizing the VA appointment system, and is an area that will be a top priority, VA Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie said in his recent confirmation hearing.
VA Cerner EHR Implementation to Go Live at IOC Sites By March 2020
Care sites within the VA Cerner EHR implementation initial operating capability (IOC) in the Pacific Northwest should be live and fully functional by March 2020, according to VA officials.
Stakeholders Disagree Over How CMS Can Promote Interoperability
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.
Data Lacking to Help Stem Tide of Improper Medicaid Payments
The lack of robust national Medicaid data is preventing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from preventing, detecting and addressing improper payments, which totaled nearly $37 billion in Fiscal Year 2017.
AMGA Endorses Standardized Quality Measure Set to Simplify Reporting
The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Board of Directors recently endorsed a set of 14 standardized quality measures as part of an effort to reduce the administrative burden associated with reporting requirements.
Healthcare Interoperability Top Focus in CMS CHIO Posting
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO), a position that will require a focus on improving healthcare interoperability and developing health IT requirements.
ONC Views APIs as Key to Health Data Exchange, Interoperability
APIs that allow disparate applications to connect with one another, will continue to be an important tool for increasing health data exchange, said National Coordinator Dr. Don Rucker.
CMS Unveils New “Data Element Library” to Support Interoperability for Post-Acute Care
CMS has announced what it calls the Data Element Library, aimed to help advance electronic health record interoperability in long-term and post-acute care settings.
ONC Drafting Strategy to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers
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.
HealthlinkNY Incentivizing Healthcare Orgs to Engage in HIE Use
HealthlinkNY has secured connection funding and is currently offering New York-based healthcare organizations up to $89,000 to engage in health information exchange (HIE) use until September 30, 2018.
House to Form VA Cerner EHR Implementation Oversight Panel
House representatives recently announced plans to form an oversight panel to ensure the $10 billion VA Cerner EHR implementation goes smoothly.
AHRQ Awards Patient-Reported Outcomes Contract to MedStar Health
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded an 18-month contract to MedStar Health researchers for improving how patient-reported outcomes are collected and how that data is integrated into EHRs.
What are Potential Benefits, Challenges of HIE Use?
The push for nationwide interoperability and improved health data exchange have increased HIE use, which can create advantages and difficulties for providers.