By Bradley Simonich, CHIME Public Policy Specialist
With changes to the program formerly known as Meaningful Use (and now is Promoting Interoperability) and declared goals of the administration to improve the free flow of health information, understanding interoperability policies will become increasingly important for hospitals and health systems. These changes will require that senior IT applications leaders are well versed in proposed and existing regulations.
Members of AEHIA have an opportunity to learn more about these issues and how they can proactively deal with them on Oct. 3-5 at the inaugural CHIME Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. The summit will feature Don Rucker, MD, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), along with other health IT policy makers and CIOs discussing policy issues that impact you each and every day. Besides interoperability, the summit will address cybersecurity, the opioid crisis and telemedicine. The summit promises to be a tremendous opportunity to become more informed about the federal policy landscape and issues impacting fellow health IT leaders.
Rucker leads the ONC, which is charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. He previously worked as a clinical professor of emergency medicine and biomedical informatics at the Ohio State University. His achievements include co-developing the world’s first Microsoft Windows-based electronic medical record and leading the team that designed the computerized provider order entry workflow that, as installed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, won the 2003 HIMSS Nicholas Davies Award for the best hospital computer system in the U.S.
Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, chief medical officer and director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) within Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will be participate in a listening session on the myriad of patient programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with her concerning the new Promoting Interoperability program and updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This portion of the event will allow you to learn how CMS envisions the programs will be implemented and strategies to ensure a smooth transition into these new policy directives.
With the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act in 2016, Congress placed a spotlight on achieving nationwide interoperability. Elise Sweeney Anthony, JD, who is the executive director of policy at ONC, will deliver an update from ONC on their efforts to implement various provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act such as the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement and the forthcoming information blocking rule.
Along with interoperability, there will be other key health IT topics covered as well as networking opportunities. For an agenda, list of speakers and hotel and registration information, please go here. AEHIA members with questions can contact Zach Donisch, AEHIA director of membership, at email@example.com.
More AEHIA News Volume 2, No. 3:
- New Member Benefit – Cooperative Member Services – Rebecca Scholten, CHIME Technologies, Inc.
- Healthcare IT Helping Rural Health – Mitchell Clark, Cerner
- Data Growth and Cloud Migration – Ashu Singraur, Contineo Health
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