HHS Proposes New Rules to Improve Interoperability of Health Information: Public Comment Period Extended to June 3

On February 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed new rules to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information. The rules, issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), would increase choice and competition while fostering innovation that promotes patient access to and control over their health information.

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CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule (CMS-9115-P)

Fact Sheet on CMS Proposed Rule (CMS-9115-P)

ONC Proposed Rule and Fact Sheets



CMS Call for Comments

CMS will accept comments on the major provisions in this proposed rule (CMS-9115-P). The comment period has been extended until June 3, 2019.

The extension of the public comment period coincided with the HHS release of the second draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, along with a related Notice of Funding Opportunity. HHS also released of a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

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More about the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement


More About the CMS Proposed Rule

CMS proposed policy changes supporting the MyHealthEData initiative to improve patient access and advance electronic data exchange and care coordination throughout the health care system. The Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule outlines opportunities to make patient data more useful and transferable through open, secure, standardized, and machine-readable formats while reducing restrictive burdens on health care providers.

In addition to the policy proposals, CMS released two requests for information to obtain feedback on:

  • Interoperability and health information technology adoption in post-acute care settings
  • The role of patient matching in interoperability and improved patient care.

Proposed changes and updates include:

  • Patient access through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
  • Health information exchange and care coordination across payers
  • API access to published provider directory data
  • Care coordination through trusted exchange networks
  • Improving the dual eligible experience by increasing frequency of federal-state data exchanges
  • Public reporting and prevention of information blocking
  • Provider digital contact information
  • Revisions to the conditions of participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals
  • Advancing interoperability in innovative models

Commentary

All Your Health Records in One Place? This New Policy Could Make That a Reality (Fortune 500)

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Listening Session ~ March 5, 2019

Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule Listening Session
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
2:00pm - 3:30 pm Eastern

CMS Administrator Seema Verma will opens this listening session, followed by an overview by CMS experts. Learn about the provisions that impact you and get answers to your clarifying questions to help formulate comments for formal submission. Topics include:

  • Patient access through application programming interfaces
  • Health information exchange and care coordination across payers
  • Public reporting and prevention of information blocking
  • Provider digital contact information
  • Revisions to the conditions of participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals
  • Requests for Information

Access Session Transcript / Audio Recording


Open Forum ~ February 26, 2019

CMS will host an Open Door Forum (ODF) to discuss the proposed rule:

  • Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Participant Call-in: 1-800-837-1935
  • Conference ID: 8968707
  • Please call in 15 minutes prior to the call
  • Encore: 1-855-859-2056; Conference ID: 8968707

A transcript and audio recording of this Special ODF will be posted for downloading at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.html