Regulatory Issues

NAACOS Largely Supports Proposed Changes to Medicare’s Largest ACO Program

By Aisha Pittman MPH & Clif Gaus ScD – NAACOS has been advocating for several changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program. We push for policies we feel would increase participation in accountable care organizations and help CMS reach its stated goal of having all Medicare beneficiaries in a relationship accountable for quality and total cost of care by 2030.

Checking In on Hospital EHR APIs

By Catherine Strawley & Wes Barker – Thanks to a decade of effort, nearly every U.S. hospital today stores health data electronically. To put that data to work, however, clinicians and patients need to be able to access and appropriately share that data.

Advancing Genomic Data-Sharing for Research and Patient Care

By Stephanie Garcia – Genomic variations can affect a patient’s risk for cancer, response to medications, and numerous other vital health outcomes. In fact, nine of the ten leading causes of death in the U.S. are influenced by genomic factors. The need for systems that help clinicians integrate genomics into care decisions has grown in importance.

What’s Happening at the ONC

Supporting the adoption of health IT and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care, here is what is happening at the ONC, including the Sync for Genes Project has released its final findings, the annual comment period for the ISA is open, a new workshop webinar on Navigating Federal Employment, & more.

Lantern: Lighting the Way on FHIR Implementation

By Wes Barker & Wei Chang – The ONC Cures Act Final Rule (Cures Rule) supports patients’ and providers’ access to electronic health information through Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) application programming interfaces (APIs).