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The current interoperability and patient access rule from CMS provides a tremendous opportunity to use HIE infrastructure, according to Valerie Grey, Executive Director for the New York eHealth Collaborative.

CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Rule Positive for HIEs

The current interoperability and patient access rule from CMS provides a tremendous opportunity to use the health information exchange (HIE) infrastructure that’s been built over the last decade to improve the experience for providers while also empowering patients.

This was the key theme of a recent Healthcare Innovation guest article from Valerie Grey, Executive Director for the New York eHealth Collaborative. The article is a summary of the HIE’s recent comments to CMS and ONC regarding the 21st Century Cures Act Implementation.

New York eHealth Collaborative also acknowledges that the rule needs some further tweaking, and that the proposals signify a big step forward in promoting interoperability.

“The proposed rule changes will likely need more time to fully implement and are quite expansive, but the potential opportunities around hospital notifications, network requirements, and patient access to healthcare claims could dramatically improve our overall healthcare system,” said Grey in the article.

Grey also highlighted how the aspect of the CMS proposal that supports payer-to-payer information exchange is highly positive. Though, she recommended that CMS remain flexible in their expectations for payers to make full use of application programming interfaces (APIs) to bring interoperability to life.

During this month, there was no shortage of industry comments and feedback to these proposals – some positive and others negative. New York eHealth Collaborative brought a fresh perspective for how these efforts can enhance the overall missions for any HIE.

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