Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , April 22, 2014
Look beyond the EHR incentive program. A national effort to turn CMS's recent release of Medicare physician payment data into useful, actionable data visualizations is the hottest HIT challenge right now.
April 22, 2014 -- A health information exchange (HIE) tool in electronic health record (EHR) software can help avoid a significant number of diagnostic tests and procedures, according to researchers from Allina Health.
The same is not true for people living with diabetes or heart failure or kidney trouble. Treatment plans are complex and often hard to remember, particularly if you’re not feeling well.
- Final Rule Gives Patients Right to Access Laboratory Test Results. On Feb. 6, CMS, CDC and the Office for Civil Rights jointly issued a final rule that gives patients direct access to their laboratory test results. The final rule amends both the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 regulations.
- HHS Strategic Plan Highlights Meaningful Use. On March 14, HHS released its five-year strategic plan for 2014 through 2018. The plan includes performance goals related to meaningful use, including increasing the number of primary care physicians that use electronic health records. The plan also identifies strategies to advance EHRs, such as using incentives, certification and grants to help increase EHR adoption.
- ONC Releases Proposed Rule on 2015 EHR Certification Criteria. On Feb. 26, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, released a proposed rule that would specify the voluntary certification criteria that EHR developers and providers qualifying for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs may adopt starting in 2015. The 2015 criteria would clarify, update and add to the 2014 criteria and simplify the certification of certain EHR modules. The 2015 criteria proposed in the rule would be voluntary. No EHR technology developer that has certified its EHR technology to the 2014 Edition would need to recertify to the 2015 Edition in order for its customers to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs. Furthermore, eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals would not need to upgrade to EHR technology certified to the 2015 Edition in order to have EHR technology that meets the Certified EHR Technology definition. The proposed rule introduces the beginning of ONC's more frequent approach to health IT certification regulations. Under this approach, ONC intends to update certification criteria editions every 12 to 18 months in order to provide smaller, more incremental regulatory changes and policy proposals.
- Easily accessible online.
- Provides what is considered an accurate risk estimation of experiencing a serious CVD event such as a heart attack or stroke.
- Is of use to younger adults who could be on the route to a stroke or heart attack due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, even if short-term risk is low.