On October 14, 2016, ONC released the final rule entitled ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability. The final rule outlines ONC’s plan for implementing enhanced oversight of certified health IT products via direct review. Health IT Now created a summary table of provisions of the proposed rule and correlating provisions of the final rule.
On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. A number of health IT provisions were included, of which HITN created a summary.
On April 27, 2016 CMS released the proposed rule entitled Medicare Program; Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models. The proposed rule outlines CMS’ plan for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which updated the Medicare physician payment system. Comments are due June 27, 2016. Health IT Now has prepared a summary of health IT related provisions, which you can see here.
Health IT Now submitted a comment letter to Senate Finance Committee with recommendations for the improvement of care that Medicare patients with chronic conditions receive. We believe that health information is a crucial component in coordinating the care, reduced costs and standardized systems required to improve health outcomes. We thus believe the Committee has substantial opportunities to reform current policies to allow these positive impacts to be fully realized. Read the full comment letter here.