Latest News and Updates from ONC
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Here is their latest news and communication.
HIT Policy Committee Meetings – December 9th, view the meeting notes and listen to the audio. The Health IT Policy Committee will make recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT on a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient medical information. How to Participate. The January meeting is scheduled for 1/13/15.
HIT Standards Committee Meetings – December 10th, view the meeting notes and listen to the audio. The Health IT Standards Committee will make recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information. How to Participate. The January meeting is scheduled for 1/27/15.
Hospital Attestation Deadline
CMS reminds you that December 31 is the deadline to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. You must successfully attest by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31, to receive an incentive payment for your 2014 participation. Follow this link to attest.
ONC 2015 Annual Meeting
Just Announced: Annual Meeting Agenda Online Today! As the new year approaches, don’t forget to register today for the 2015 ONC Annual Meeting: Interoperable Health IT for a Healthy Nation. Join more than 1,000 stakeholders, experts and partners to share and learn about the successes we have all experienced during the past decade and the opportunities we have as we move into the future. ONC’s 2015 Annual Meeting will be held February 2-3, 2015, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.
National Quality Forum Begins Annual Review of Quality Measures
The NQF-convened Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) received 202 standardized performance measures (PDF) for review, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is considering for use in more than 20 federal health programs, including the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Learn more and review the full list under construction.
New White Paper Released
How Early Adopting Hospital Systems View the Business Case for Health Information Exchange – This is part of the Global Evaluation of HITECH. The study involved structured telephone interviews with senior executives responsible for health information exchange in selected large hospital-based systems. Although the study was small, its findings are consistent with prior research on the means and barriers to electronic health exchange. Read the report.
HITECH Implementation Update
Monitoring National Implementation of HITECH: Status and Key Activity Quarterly Summary from July to September 2014. The report is filled with information on Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2 incentive payments, development of Stage 3 requirements, availability of certified products in the developer market, health information exchange, workforce programs, patient engagement, how health IT can enable delivery system reform and many other topics.
Provider User Guide for NIST EHR Randomizer Tool Now Available
Are you a provider in Stage 2 of meaningful use who needs help meeting measure #3 of the Transitions of Care core objective? If so, CMS and ONC want to encourage you to use a new provider user guide that outlines instructions on how to use the NIST EHR Randomizer, including; required information, steps to register, guidance on how to perform the test.