ACOs, NIST, CQMs and HIEs in HIT News

Recovery Room highlights Health IT, CMS, and ONC News

We haven’t done a Recovery Room in a while. These posts are selected information that make up news items that have happened or articles written in the recent past we thought were of interest.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have released the names of the first 27 Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) which will participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The organizations represent 18 states and approximately 375K beneficiaries. CMS is currently reviewing over 150 application from ACOs wanting to participate in the MSSP slated to begin in July. Read the CMS Fact Sheet on these ACOs.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published “Technical Evaluation, Testing, and Validation of the Usability of Electronic Health Records” The document summarizes the rationale for an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Usability Protocol (EUP). It outlines procedures and give general guidance for design evaluation and human user performance testing of EHR systems.

Can mobile technology improve care? The ONC has just concluded Roundtable discussions and a public comment period to address the issue of mobile devices in health care and best practices in their use. Read Kathleen Roney’s “4 Ways Mobile Technolgy Can Improve Care” in Beckers Hospital Review.

California Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (IEHIE)includes 48 healthcare organizations and has a self-funded business model goes live. The exchange cover San Bernardidno and Riverside Counties which has a population of over 4.1 million. Read Patty Enrado’s “California HIE breaks barriers” in Healthcare IT News.

CMS has published the list of Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) they are proposes for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to incorporate in becoming meaningful users in stage 2.The CQMs are organized in six domains. Read our post on Proposed Clinical Quality Measures in Stage 2.

ONC and Health 2.0 have a current challenge for developers to create a program which will improve reporting of medical errors and adverse events. The developed tool must be “platform-agnostic and improve the current reporting model. First prize will take it home $50K.

Have a good week.