The ONC is working on a rule that will define information blocking as mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act, National Health IT Coordinator Donald Rucker said at the annual symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association. Rucker said the rule, which will be used by the HHS Office of Inspector General in its investigations and enforcement activities, must address misconduct "at the provider level as well as the vendor level."
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CHIME named Deborah Gash, CIO and vice president at Saint Luke's Health System in Missouri, and HCTec in Tennessee the recipients of its Collaboration Award at the CHIME17 Fall Forum for their partnership on a strategy that lowered turnover and boosted productivity and morale. In addition, New Hampshire-based health IT company Connection received the Foundation Partner Award for developing tools and services to meet health care consumers' needs and linking consumers to technology solutions, while Encore Health Resources co-founder and former CEO Dana Sellers received the Foundation Industry Leader Award for advocating for health IT and EHR strategy throughout her 30-year career.
Greenway's Prime Suite v18.00, Intergy v11.00 and SuccessEHS v9.0 EHR and practice management systems have achieved ONC 2015 Edition certified EHR technology certification, and the systems may be used to meet requirements of alternative payment models and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Compulink's Advantage Version 12 also achieved certification under the 2015 Edition.
The transition to value-based care has accelerated since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which included incentives, but the Trump administration is now implementing regulatory changes that slow or narrow the scope of some initiatives. Indicators point to more voluntary programs, rather than mandatory models, and more flexibility for health care providers.
Comments on the online edition of the Interoperability Standards Advisory will be accepted by the ONC until Nov. 20, and the release of the 2018 reference edition will likely come later this year. "Based on public comments, we hope to continue to expand the ISA and anticipate getting feedback for more frequent and granular references to [Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources] specifications," said Steven Posnack, director of the ONC's Office of Standards and Technology.
Community Health Systems in Tennessee has reduced wait times and inappropriate commitments as well as increased hospital revenue after the implementation of its homegrown Access Center telepsychiatry program, which uses ViTel Net telemedicine technology. The telepsychiatry program has also enabled improved adherence to Joint Commission standards, while supporting care continuity and expanded behavioral health services, according to CHS.
Mark your calendars. The 2018 CHIME-HIMSS CIO Forum is scheduled to take place March 4-5 in Las Vegas. The focus will be "Leading the Next Wave of Healthcare Transformation." A special block of rooms has been set aside for CHIME members at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel and the Venetian/Palazzo (the location for the CIO Forum and the HIMSS18 Conference). More details are available.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently finalized policy to allow clinicians the use of 2014 Edition and/or 2015 Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) in Year 2 in 2019. In August, CMS finalized for hospitals a similar policy. As outlined in this new final rule, clinicians will essentially have another year to use the Advancing Care Information transition measures. Stay abreast of this and other public policy developments by visiting CHIME's website and through the weekly Washington Debrief newsletter.