Comments submitted by CHIME to the ONC and CMS expressed strong support for the agencies' proposed information blocking and interoperability rules while requesting a three-year period during which health care providers can adjust to the changes. CHIME also said information blocking penalties for health information exchanges should not be applied to health care providers even if they are acting in that capacity, because the fines may be too much for smaller providers.
When health care company mergers and acquisitions are dropped before or during due diligence, the most common reasons are mistrust, governance issues and incompatible corporate cultures, according to a HealthLeaders survey. The most common financial reasons for not proceeding involved regulatory issues and concerns about the assumption of liabilities.
Researchers from eHealth Initiative and Foundation polled 53 health information exchanges in 35 US states and found that 92% cited trends concerning value-based care as a driving force behind adopting technology, while 58% cited the need to manage value-based contract delivery and risk was the key factor. Interoperability was 47% of respondents' priority for the upcoming two years, closely followed by value-based care and integrating workflows.
The number of publicly disclosed cybersecurity flaws reached a record high for a three-month period in the year's first quarter, with 5,501 exposed vulnerabilities, Risk Based Security noted in a report. Of that total, 38.2% have no known remedies, the cybersecurity firm added, with a company executive noting, "Vulnerability disclosures continue to rise, and will continue to rise every year."
Smartphone and computer apps have become ubiquitous in daily life, providing the potential to bridge EHR interoperability gaps, and rules proposed by the ONC aim to facilitate the connection of EHRs with third-party apps through application programming interfaces, says National HIT Coordinator Dr. Donald Rucker. If the initiative succeeds, clinicians would no longer have to report quality data because insurers could extract data through APIs and apply machine learning technology to rate quality, Rucker says.
Residents of upstate New York have almost tripled their adoption of telehealth services in the past two years, according to a study from Rochester, N.Y.-based Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a health care provider. The survey cited greater awareness of remote services as well as more participation from insurance companies for the increased usage.
CHIME's new Organizational Leaders Membership is officially live. This is a convenient way to bring your expanded leadership team into CHIME and expose them to all the resources CHIME has to offer. Learn more.
The CHIME Advocacy Summit will be held June 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The reservation cutoff for the hotel is May 28. Reservations received after this date will be on a space-available basis only. Learn more. Register.
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