Event Will Share Strategies on How HHS Can Advance Interoperability
On behalf of the CMS Health IT Initiatives Group, we encourage you to join a CMS and ONC webinar to hear HHS leadership present their ideas for accelerating interoperability and health information exchange. The webinar will address the comments received on the Advancing Interoperability and Health Information Exchange request for information (RFI), and share strategies on how HHS can advance interoperability.
The purpose of the RFI was to seek input on a series of potential policy and programmatic changes to accelerate electronic health information exchange across providers, as well as new ideas that would be both effective and feasible to implement. The RFI also asked for input on ideas for advancing interoperability and health information exchange beyond what is currently being done through ONC programs and the EHR Incentive Program. From the RFI:
The lack of widespread electronic HIE is a significant barrier to achieving truly coordinated, person-centered health care. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and other value-based payment programs are significant drivers of use of interoperable health information technology and the exchange of health information. We introduced many concepts of interoperability in Stage 2 and expect that the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs criteria for Stage 3 of meaningful use will include requirements for advanced interoperability. As other value-based payment programs evolve, they might include a greater emphasis on HIE as either a requirement for participation, receipt of incentive payments, or avoidance of payment adjustments. However, gaps and challenges still remain to wide-spread use of interoperable systems and HIE across providers, settings of care, consumers and patients, and payers.
Webinar Date: August 7, 8:30 am – 9:30 am EDT.
Details: Join representatives from the ONC and CMS as they discuss response to public input received in joint CMS/ONC Request for Information on advancing interoperability and HIE.
On hand for this thoughtful discussion will be:
- National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari,MD
- Patrick Conway, MD, Director and CMS Chief Medical Officer, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, and Acting Director for the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
- Cindy Mann, Director, CMS Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services