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Health Plans - Are You Ready for the New CMS Interoperability Rules?

Posted on 04/29/20 | Comments

What is the ONC Cures Act Final Rule and the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule?

On March 9th the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized two rules focused on interoperability.

The ONC Cures Act Final Rule’s purpose is to support ‘seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information.’  This rule is focused on defining the requirements for certified Health IT Products used by providers, but also has important information blocking provisions targeted at providers, developers of certified health technology, payers, and other health information networks.


Topics: Healthcare interoperability, interoperability, CMS, ONC, proposed rules

Webinar Recap: Investing for the Future:  The ONC and CMS Proposed Rules on Interoperability

Posted on 10/21/19 | Comments

The proposed rules on interoperability released earlier this year by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have generated a lot of industry chatter. More than 1,000 organizations submitted comments addressing the draft rules, which many believe are very ambitious in scope. While the two regulatory bodies have much to consider, one thing is certain: the final rules will create a new paradigm for health data management and governance in today’s healthcare organizations that is intended to improve interoperability and empower patients.

A recent webinar hosted by Health Data ManagementInvesting for the Future: The ONC & CMS Proposed Rules on Interoperability—explored the critical elements in the proposed rule and how they could impact payers, providers, and health IT vendors. Mark Fuchs, director of market research for Wolters Kluwer Health Language Solutions and Bob Hussey, founder and principal of RGH Health Consulting, LLC, reflected on the industry’s goals in advancing access to data and interoperability and the steps payers and providers can take to prepare and invest in their data today.


Topics: medical data, semantic interoperability, interoperability, CMS, government, ONC, quality measure reporting, data blocking, proposed rules