Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., says he co-sponsored legislation that would allow HHS to fund development of a national patient identification system because more accurate matching of patients to their health records would help prevent medical errors and opioid misuse. Investment in the NPID would be offset by lower health care costs, and the system could be tied to the Department of Homeland Security's Real ID program, Foster says.
Health information exchange use presents security challenges, and managers should ensure information confidentiality, integrity and availability, San Diego Health Connect Chief Information Security Officer Jenn Behrens said at an HIT network management forum sponsored by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Vendors should aim for a layered approach to security while ensuring data is accessible when needed, said Muhammad Chebli from NextGen Connect.
HHS will award up to $500,000 each to five projects that give public health agencies better access to health information in support of communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 1.
Artificial intelligence should address essential clinical needs and be robust and easy to adopt, and have commercial support to be an effective tool in radiology, but it is likely that AI-based image automation, reconstruction and post-processing precede the use of AI for MRI interpretation, Dr. Greg Zaharchuk of Stanford University said at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists virtual meeting. However, the establishment of these systems in MRI depends on health regulations and changes in reimbursement, Zaharchuk said.
The CMS has postponed new imaging appropriate use criteria for one year, until Jan. 1, 2022, and has extended its testing period until the end of 2021. The delay, which is supported by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and other imaging groups due to the COVID-19 pandemic, "provides relief to the referring physicians and gives additional time to prepare for the implementation of this program," SNMMI said in an update for its members.
The CMS has updated the Hospital Compare website with the new Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems summary star ratings, which were based on patient experience scores collected from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019. Only 266 out of 3,478 hospitals received five stars for patient experience as of July 31.
A new value-based payment model has been launched by the CMS to address health care disparities and provide support for rural providers through innovative payment structures, seed funding, regulatory and operational flexibilities, and learning and technical support. Providers can participate in the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation Model through the accountable care organization transformation track or the community transformation track.
CHIME20 Digital, a virtual forum with new dynamic and creative features, will take place Nov. 10-12 this year. The event will allow attendees to explore the industry's latest trends and best practices via on-demand and live networking forums. Learn more.
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