martes, 7 de junio de 2016

What's Happening in Health IT

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In This Issue

ONC Offers a C-CDA Document Scoring Tool
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) just unveiled an initial version of a new tool entitled the SITE C-CDA Scorecard. The Scorecard enables providers and health IT professionals with an easy to use tool to improve interoperability.
The Scorecard applies 2014-2015 EHR Certification standards, HL7 specifications and best practice guidance to identify areas for improvement with respect to the quality and representation of data in a C-CDA document. The output is a user-friendly, categorized scorecard report.  The scoring methodology employed by the SITE C-CDA Scorecard is one aspect of a cooperative agreement between ONC and HL7.
ONC's Standards Implementation & Testing Environment ( is a centralized collection of testing tools and resources. SITE is designed to assist health IT developers and health IT users evaluate technical standards and maximize the potential of their health IT implementations.
For inquiries or questions, please email:
Register Now to Learn More about the Resource Use Performance Category
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites the public to join an upcoming listening session to learn more about the Resource Use performance category, which is part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) proposed in the recently released Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).
MIPS: Resource Performance Category Overview
  • Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Register: To participate, visit the registration webpage.
  • Details: This webinar will provide an overview of the MIPS Resource Use performance category, as outlined in key provisions of the recently released MACRA NPRM.
Comments on the proposed MACRA rule are due by 5:00 p.m. ET (for mail or courier submissions) and 11:59 p.m. ET (for electronic submissions) on June 27, 2016.
Population Health Framework Commenting Period Open through June 22, 2016
As part of an ongoing project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Quality Forum (NQF) has been refining the Community Action Guide (PDF) — a common framework for population health improvement. The guide is designed to be applied in any location and at various levels of readiness for change. It offers plain-language guidance about how communities can work with public health and clinical care systems to improve population health.
To make this Guide useful for different groups, communities, and needs, NQF is asking for your feedback on the draft Action Guide 3.0. The Guide is available for public comment through 6:00 p.m. ET. June 22, 2016.
Data Update: EHR Products Used for MU Attestation Public Use File
ONC updated the EHR Products Used for MU Attestation Public Use File with Medicare EHR Incentive Program data through March 2016. The public use file contains a time series of all eligible hospital and professional attestations through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and the certified health IT products reported by those providers for each year. The dataset is available in open format with complete documentation and explanation of the data through the Dashboard.
Lab US Realm Pilot Project Deadline Extended
The deadline for submissions to the Lab US Realm Pilot Project has been extended to June 20, 2016. In recognition of the limited timeframe for action under this opportunity, acceptable proposals for this S&I Lab Project can focus on production of cost-savings studies that can be used to promote the adoption of the suite of Lab US Realm Implementation Guides. Please contact Mike Flanigan for more information.  A non-binding letter of intent should be submitted as soon as possible.
OCR Updates Guidance for Health IT & Health App Developers
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has updated guidance for health IT and health app developers on its HIPAA Portal. OCR has posted answers to many questions and used content to develop the health app developer use scenarios guidance. There is also new content on the “Helpful Links” page, including links to the health app developers scenarios, FTC Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool, and the patient access guidance and videos. Finally, a new section – “Answered Questions” – include OCR responses on unencrypted PHI in a cloud, when you are a business associate or a covered entity, training, audits online appointment schedulers and more. Check back regularly for new content and to provide feedback for policy development.
Patient Engagement Playbook
Are you developing a patient portal? Make sure you check out the Patient Engagement PlaybookONC launched last week during the 2016 Annual Meeting. This first phase of the Playbook focuses on four key elements designed to help improve patient engagement:
  • Outlines best practices to enroll patients in provider patient portals,
  • Offers tips on streamlining functionality of patient portals and indicates top features which should be adopted — including making appointments online, securing information, and sharing notes,
  • Explains how and why to grant caregivers proxy access to patient portals, and
  • Discusses how and why to track patient generated health data in order to improve clinical decision-making and care delivery.
Share Your Health IT Issues and Challenges
ONC has an easy way to share your concerns about health IT certification, safety, usability, or information blocking. We launched the form to be a single point of entry to address concerns you may have with your health IT products. This centralized and streamlined customer service process will also help us in our understanding of key challenges—including potential ways to address information blocking and improve the security, safety, and usability of health IT.
Federal Advisory Committee Schedule June 5-11
Wednesday, June 810:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. Collaboration of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committee Meeting.  Learn more:

Thursday, June 99:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET. Joint: Quality Payment Program Task Force Meeting. Learn more:
*All times are in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted

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