HITapproved Industry Highlights
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative’s second round of shared savings results, with nearly all practices (95 percent) meeting quality of care requirements and four out of seven regions sharing in savings with CMS. These results reflect the work of 481 practices that served over 376,000 Medicare beneficiaries and more than 2.7 million patients overall in 2015.
Many EHR components were developed as early as 30 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the federal Meaningful Use incentive program precipitated wide-spread implementation of robust EHRs across healthcare. If the EHRs themselves are young, interoperability is still in its infancy. A large majority of acute care hospitals and other providers now have an HHS-certified EHR, providing the needed critical mass to make interoperability even possible.
The term “Digital Health” has become a catch-all to describe a whole range of new technologies that have been created in the healthcare space in recent years. Mobile Health, Telehealth, Wearable Tech, Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange, Big Data, Blue Button, Personal Genomics, and many more fall under the digital health umbrella.
It used to be called the “Summary of Care” but now we know it as “Health Information Exchange”. It is perhaps the most misunderstood of the Meaningful Use (MU) measures for everyone from solo docs to large health systems. I get emails everyday asking questions. Are there are any exclusions? Can I fax the information? Can I push the information to a HIE? Let’s break it down, one step at a time.
As early adopters gear up for optional 2017 Meaningful Use Stage 3 participation, the provider community as a whole anxiously awaits the “sometime before November 1st” release of the MACRA Final Rule. Industry discussions subsequent to the April publication of the MACRA Proposed Rule reflect steady concern among physicians and nurses as new members of the multidisciplinary governance teams which are required to successfully implement this new regulation. Physicians are apprehensive regarding MACRA’s complexity with regard to a short timeline to the 2017 reporting period. Nurses, with equal concern, believe MACRA as it stands in the Proposed Rule, falls short for the nation’s advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) as providers of highly accessible, efficacious, and affordable care.
Consumer Partnership for eHealth Files Comments on Proposed Reductions to Meaningful Use Stage 2 and 3 Rules. The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (@CMSGov) to maintain robust objectives and measures that promote health information access and exchange between patients and eligible hospitals. In comments submitted on proposed modifications to the rules governing Stages 2 and 3 of the Electronic Health Record Incentive (Meaningful Use) program, CPeH notes that measures designed to give individuals access to their health information and help them […]
This article was originally published on Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog. By Matt Fisher, Esq Twitter: @matt_r_fisher Host of Healthcare de Jure – #HCdeJure A lot of time and attention has been put into the notion of interoperability by almost every stakeholder in the healthcare system. Those interested in the issue include patients, providers, vendors and the government. Why has interoperability received so much focus, though? It may be possible to answer that question by stating that interoperability contains a large element of the common good. Defining interoperability can be […]
This article was originally published on GroupOne Healthsource. By Nicole Benz, GroupOne Health Source Inc. The future of physician practices is electronic health records (EHRs). We can’t go back to paper and no one is rationally suggesting we do. But there is agreement that EHRs have not met the expectations set out for them: billions of dollars in savings, hours in administrative time saved, as well as enjoying tighter security and better accuracy. Choosing the Wrong EHR Is Worse Than No EHR at All Instead, many physicians complain of the hours […]
This article was originally published on HealthBlawg, By David Harlow, JD MPH, The Harlow Group LLC Twitter: @healthblawg We are awash in digital health data. And we are awash in multiple regulatory schemas designed to protect privacy, security and appropriate access to all this data. Some data is “traditional” health care data governed by the familiar patchwork of federal and state statutes and regulations (rhymes with “HIPAA”). Some is the product of new consumer health tracker devices and apps which are not reached by HIPAA (except for some provided to […]