Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – October 2022

One of the ways that Answers Media is different from other media sites is the sense of community. The thought leaders in our community are good about sharing their thoughts on the issues of today. We publish at least eight guest posts a week now, so in case you missed some, here are the top ten read and shared guest posts in the month of October. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in October

From Value-Based Care Insights, host Daniel Marino discusses how to create positive change while facing the current healthcare workforce challenges with Lumina Principal, John Malone and national expert and industry leader in workforce management, Kristi Roe.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in October

The New Definition of EHI: Are Vendors Ready?
By Elizabeth Delahoussaye, RHIA, CHPS, Chief Privacy Officer, Ciox
Twitter: @cioxhealth

The October 6, 2022 information blocking deadline is one of the most discussed—and debated—topics in healthcare IT. New regulations expand the definition of electronic health information (EHI), but health IT vendors remain uncertain about how to achieve and maintain compliance. Continue reading…

Information Blocking: Eight Regulatory Reminders for October 6th
By Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S., Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT
Steven’s Twitter: @HealthIT_Policy

On October 6, 2022, we reach the end of the more than two-year glide path laid out for the information blocking regulations. Moving forward, expect to see periodic, experience-driven regulatory updates as well as continued work on education, outreach, and oversight, including the establishment of disincentives for health care providers. There may also be the possibility of information blocking advisory opinions if Congress grants the Secretary such authority. Continue reading…

What You Need to Know About the October 6 Information Blocking Deadline
By Chris Emper, Government Affairs Advisor and Andy Riedel, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, NextGen Healthcare
Twitter: @NextGen

Recently a coalition of ten provider organizations led by the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Hospital Association (AHA) formally requested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) postpone for a period of one year certain information blocking compliance requirements due to be implemented on October 6, 2022. Continue reading…

Hybrid Care Offers Better Care for Patients and Providers
By Mike Brandofino, President and COO, Caregility
Twitter: @caregility

Over 60% of consumers said they would prefer to continue using a hybrid care model for healthcare services – even as the pandemic begins to wane, according to a recent GoodRx survey. Surprisingly – despite the overwhelming consumer support for a hybrid care model, some debate remains among key decision-makers throughout the continuum of care about the best path forward. But why? Continue reading…

Data Liberation Day Elevates New Call for Health Information Expertise
By Don Hardwick, Senior Vice President, Client Relations, MRO
Twitter: @MROCorp

From Marcus Whitney’s opening plea “answer the call” to a standing-room-only session on the last day, attendees at the AHIMA22 Global Conference demonstrated their steadfast commitment to liberating, managing and protecting electronic patient information (EPI). Just three days after ONC’s information blocking rule went into effect, nearly 2000 health information professionals met in Columbus, Ohio. We had a lot to celebrate. Continue reading…

How RTLS Can Enhance the Patient and Staff Experience During Staffing Shortages
By Scott Hondros, MHA, SCPM, CenTrak
Twitter: @CenTrak

As the pandemic has progressed over the last two years, the healthcare industry has witnessed a staffing shortage caused by burnout, violence, and an overall lack of clinical and operational resources. Support and retention of healthcare staff is crucial, especially as the turnover rate for registered nurses increased by 8.4-percent in 2021, resulting in a national average of 27.1-percent. Continue reading…

CMS Rule Builds on ONC Initiatives to Simplify Health Information Exchange
By Alex Baker and Elisabeth Myers, ONC
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT

On August 1, 2022, CMS announced final changes to its payment program for acute care hospitals in 2023. The FY 2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule also included policies for the 2023 Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program, which rewards eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals for the meaningful use of certified EHR technology, and for the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, which requires hospitals to report data in key areas. Continue reading…

How Do We Fill The Data Gap In Virtual Care?
By Dr. David Stein, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Director, Babson Diagnostics
Twitter: @babsondx

We can all agree that remote work is here to stay. But what about remote health care? Telehealth use skyrocketed in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic when many health providers were forced to deliver services remotely. Although telehealth visits have dropped from their peak in 2020, they remain elevated even as many patients return to in-person care, according to the results of an analysis by Epic Research and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Continue reading…

Establishing Value-Based Care Across Behavioral Healthcare
By Ram Krishnan, CEO, Valant
Twitter: @Valant

Today, behavioral health providers want to deliver effective treatment that brings hope and healing to patients. They also want to be reimbursed well and quickly so they can invest in the best resources and personnel. Value-based care can help providers achieve both. It orients practices and payers toward the most important factor in mental health treatment: the outcome for patients. Continue reading…

Keeping Reproductive Patient Records Protected and Private
By Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB, Vice President, Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy, MRO
Twitter: @MROCorp

Healthcare provider organizations are responsible for the privacy and security of their patients’ information. HIPAA codified this requirement for covered entities, including specific guidelines for protecting sensitive patient information such as behavioral and substance abuse records. Continue reading…