Category Archives: Health Information Technology

Advancing Patient-Centeredness and Equity through Technology

The other major health care policy legislation enacted within the past two years is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was part of the economic stimulus legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The HITECH Act provides up to $30 billion to hospitals, physicians, community health centers and other “eligible providers”. The federal funds will be available through incentive payments paid through Medicare and Medicaid. Hospitals and physicians must demonstrate “meaningful use of certified electronic health records” to qualify for the incentive payments. The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is overseeing most of the implementation of the HITECH Act, in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.

I have compiled some key resources on the implementation of the HITECH Act, with a focus on how it might impact safety net health care providers, and patients and health care consumers, especially from underserved communities.

Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center: Opportunities for Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations to Advance Health Equity

This report summarizes the work to date and identifies future opportunities for Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) to advance health equity as part of their health system transformation activities. CCOs are obligated to identify and pursue opportunities to advance health … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Proposed Rule for MACRA Quality Payment Program Year 2

Here is the proposed rule for the second payment year (2020) of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) established by the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (MACRA) .  Since there is a two-year lag between the performance … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Cabinet Exit Memo

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has prepared this Cabinet Exit Memo, describing some of the accomplishments of the Obama Administration over the past 8 years, and outlining the key issues facing the Department of Health and Human Services … Continue reading

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Health Care Payment Learning Action Network: Data Sharing

The Health Care Payment Learning Action Network (HCPLAN) has released a white paper on data sharing within alternative payment models (APMs).  HCPLAN work products will be considered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  for implementation of the Medicare Access and Children’s … Continue reading

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American Medical Association: Action Kit on MACRA Proposed Rule

The American Medical Association (AMA) has published an “Action Kit” summarizing the proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and highlighting its preliminary comments and recommendations for changes to the proposed rule. Among the issues that the … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Additional Resources on MACRA Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made available two additional resources about its proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  The first resource is a set of slides describing the proposed rule. Link to Original … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Fact Sheet on MACRA Proposed Regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published this useful summary of its proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA): Link to Original Source

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Proposed Rule to Implement Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its much-anticipated proposed rule to implement the Medicare Access and Childrens’ Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for how fee-for-service or traditional Medicare … Continue reading

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HHS Announces Nationwide Interoperability Pledge

At the February 2016 Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced that companies that provide 90 percent of electronic health records used by U.S. hospitals, healthcare systems who serve patients … Continue reading

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National Center for Health Statistics: Adoption of Certified Electronic Health Record Systems in Physician Offices, 2014

The National Center for Health Statistics has published this data brief reporting results from the 2014 National Electronic Health Records Survey, highlighting the increasing adoption of certified electronic health record (EHR) systems and electronic information sharing by physician practices. As … Continue reading

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