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CMS Sets Rules, Cautions Penalties for Information Blocking, APIs, FHIR

February 11, 2019 - CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator have released long-awaited proposed rules governing interoperability, health data blocking, the use of APIs, and the expanding role of FHIR. Just ahead of the 2019 HIMSS Convention in Orlando, CMS has outlined the definitions for what constitutes information blocking – a hotly debated topic since the passage of the 21st Century Cures...


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Dozens of Orgs Urge CMS to Keep Next-Gen Genetic Testing in Medicare

by Jessica Kent

More than 60 leading healthcare organizations representing patients, providers, and academic medical centers have called on CMS to revise its interpretation of the National Coverage Determination (NCD) for next-generation sequencing (NGS)...

CMS Announces Awards for Care Disparities, Population Health

by Jessica Kent

HealthPartners, a consumer-governed healthcare organization, and Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, have received the 2019 CMS Health Equity Award for their work in improving care disparities and healthcare access. CMS presented...

Social Determinants of Health, Value-Based Care Key for Medicaid Success

by Jessica Kent

Value-based care incentives and broader collaborations to address the social determinants of health will be required to reduce spending and improve outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries, according to a report from the Association for...

CMS to Launch Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CMS Innovation Center is gearing up to launch a new industry challenge aimed at identifying new strategies for leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve outcomes. The proposed challenge will explore how...

CMS: Data-Driven Strategies Can Improve Population Health for Minorities

by Jessica Kent

To improve population health and increase care access among minority patients, organizations should implement data-driven strategies and identify the unique challenges within specific communities, Cara V. James, PhD, Director of the Office...

CMS: Better Data Analytics, Quality Measures will Modernize Medicaid

by Jennifer Bresnick

Modernizing the Medicaid program environment will require investments in data analytics and a greater reliance on meaningful quality measures, says CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a new blog post. As spending on healthcare in general...

CMS Adds Hospitals to Medicare Disparities Data Visualization Tool

by Jessica Kent

CMS has expanded the Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool to include a Hospital View, which enables users to compare healthcare quality and outcomes at the hospital level and identify care disparities for Medicare patients. Launched in...

Data Analytics Support $62M in Next Generation ACO Savings

by Jessica Kent

Data analytics and other health IT tools played an integral role in helping Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (NGACO) Model generate net savings of approximately $62 million for the Medicare program, states a new report from...

GAO: CMS Lacks Adequate Data to Monitor Opioid Prescribing

by Jessica Kent

CMS should gather more comprehensive data on Medicare patients and providers to sufficiently monitor and prevent opioid overprescribing, according to a report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).   Misuse of opioids...

CHIO Role at CMS Will Enhance Data Sharing, Health IT Use

by Jessica Kent

The new Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) position at CMS will work with federal officials and industry stakeholders to improve care delivery and patient outcomes through increased data sharing and health IT use. First announced in...

US Digital Service Revamps CMS, QPP User Experience from the Inside Out

by Jennifer Bresnick

The notorious inefficiency of the federal government has long been a common complaint for citizens, businesses, and other entities attempting to acquire information, apply for programs, or receive acknowledgement for some...

CMS Unveils Interoperability, EHR Clinical Documentation Changes

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has released proposed rules for Medicare that would make good on its promises to promote interoperability, reduce administrative burdens for physicians, and expand patient data access capabilities. The proposals, teased over the past...

CMS: Data Analytics will Strengthen Medicaid Program Integrity

by Jessica Kent

New CMS initiatives will utilize advanced data analytics tools, quality data, and increased transparency to strengthen Medicaid program integrity and ensure the sustainability of the program for all beneficiaries. In recent years,...

Pew: Better Patient Matching, APIs Will Enhance Interoperability

by Jessica Kent

Improved patient matching, the effective use of application program interfaces (APIs), and standardized clinical data will enhance interoperability in Medicare and increase health data access for patients, says the Pew Charitable Trusts in...

CMS Begins the Search for a Chief Health Informatics Officer

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking to add a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) to its health IT leadership roster, according to a job posting on USAJOBS.gov. The position is brand new, and reflects the...

CMS Data Element Library Promotes Health Information Exchange

by Jessica Kent

CMS has announced the availability of the Data Element Library (DEL), a database that will promote health information exchange, increase communication among healthcare facilities, and enhance care coordination. The DEL is a free,...

CMS: Use Health IT, Medicaid Coverage Options to Combat Opioids

by Jessica Kent

CMS has released two documents describing how states can leverage Medicaid services and health IT tools to support beneficiaries battling opioid addiction. The organization released an Informational Bulletin to guide states on how to...

CMS Efforts to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save $2.9B

by Jessica Kent

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a report showing that CMS-led patient safety initiatives have reduced hospital-acquired conditions, helping to prevent an estimated 8,000 deaths and saving $2.9 billion in...

CMS Strategy to Focus on Rural Healthcare Access, Quality

by Jessica Kent

CMS has announced a new Rural Health Strategy, which will help ensure that the nearly one in five individuals living in rural areas have access to quality healthcare. “For the first time, CMS is organizing and focusing our efforts...

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