New This Week on HealthIT.gov
In This Issue
- Federal Advisory Committee calendar
- Patient-Generated Health Data Facts
- Hospital Health IT Adoption Increasing
- Million Hearts Info
- Blue Button News
- LTPAC and BH Listening Session
- Busy Week For the Buzz Blog
- New Quality Reporting Data Architecture Resources
For all the nurses on the listserv, we at ONC want to say "Thanks!" We appreciate what you are trying to do to help your patients and use health IT to improve their health, health care and control costs. Happy National Nurses Week!
The Federal Advisory Committee schedule this week is as follows:
The #HITPC Privacy and Security Tiger Team meets Monday at 2 am (EDT).
The #HITPC Certification/Adoption Workgroup meets at 9 am (EDT).
The #HITSC Consumer Technology Workgroup meets at 1 pm (EDT).
As soon as the committees make their agendas, slides and other materials available, look for them at http://www.healthit.gov/facas/
The use of patient-generated health data (PGHD) supplements existing clinical data while encouraging shared decision-making between patients and providers. It also offers a more comprehensive picture of ongoing patient health. To those ends, ONC has developed brief guides for providers about using health IT to assess patient experience with care and to incorporate PGHD into medical practices.
The results are in! ONC released two new Data Briefs – and a blog post – that explore the health IT landscape among U.S. hospitals. ONC analysis of a 2013 survey of U.S. hospitals administered by the American Hospital Association shows increases in both EHR adoption and health information exchange.
ONC also posted a series of Health IT Quick-Stats to the Health IT Dashboard, which focus on hospital adoption of patient engagement functionalities, and hospital capabilities to meet meaningful use stage 1 and stage 2 objectives. Additional Quick-Stats measure the prevalence of hospitals that routinely electronically notify a patient’s primary care provider upon emergency room entry, and hospital capabilities to electronically queryproviders outside their organization and send and receive secure electronic messages.
Check out the new Million Hearts Infographic which looks at how heart disease affects the U.S. population, the components of the Million Hearts initiative and the 2017 goals. You can also listen to the Million Hearts Podcast where Angie Walker, Office Manager of Dr. Randy Walker Family Practice and Allergy Clinic – located in De Queen, AR – provide an overview of the Million Hearts program and discusses why it’s advantageous for practices to join Million Hearts through a regional extension center.
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Long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) and behavioral health (BH) providers play a critical role in care coordination, patient-centered care, and ensuring health information follows a patient wherever they receive care. Health IT is an important tool in achieving these goals. The Certification and Adoption Workgroup of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee has been exploring the health IT needs of LTPAC and BH settings and how those needs could be supported through ONC Voluntary EHR Certification.
The Workgroup has developed a proposed set of certification criteria focused on interoperability, privacy and security, and modularity and is now seeking public comment in two ways. First, we encourage stakeholders to sign up to participate in alistening session on Thursday, May 22th. There is limited time for this session, please register early. Second, during the week of May 12th, the full list of the proposed recommendations and an opportunity to provide written comments on those recommendations will be provided.
This week we had seven blog posts go up on the Buzz blog – four about #nursesweek and the rest having to do with various health IT-related news.
If you get a chance, please take a minute over the weekend to peruse the latest Health IT news from the week!
Addressing Health Disparities thorugh the Lens of Public Health
Health IT helps school nurses coordinate care for children
Reflections for our nation’s nurses
CMS recently posted QRDA Cat-I sample files on the electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM) library page, which help vendors study the base standards of QRDA Cat-I, Health Quality Measures Format (HQMF), and Quality Data Model (QDM) used for the eligible hospital e-specifications posted in the April 2014 Annual Updates. The sample files offer representative data elements for individual eCQMs.
Updated 2014 QRDA Implementation Guides
Also new from CMS are updated 2014 QRDA implementation guides for eligible professionals:
- 2014 CMS QRDA I Implementation Guides for Eligible Professionals Clinical Quality Measures
- 2014 CMS QRDA III Implementation Guides for Eligible Professionals Clinical Quality Measures
These implementation guides include the data elements for the 2014 eligible professional CQMs in the Physician Quality Reporting System, Comprehensive Primary Care initiative, EHR Incentive Programs, and Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Program. The new list of updates includes any changes to the data elements, as well as a rationale for each change.
For more Information