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ONC’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan for Health IT

January 16, 2020 | Author: HealthTech Solutions

On January 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released their “2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.” The plan describes the biggest challenges in federal healthcare, followed by the best opportunities, and includes four goals and strategies to address each goal. Comments […]

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What we are watching in 2020

January 8, 2020 | Author: HealthTech Solutions

While the federal health policy space is unlikely to see any major upheavals in an election year, there are still some key issues we will be watching in 2020. Release of the final rules from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Specifically, we are watching for: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

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Creating scalable solutions for substance use disorders

October 10, 2019 | Author: HealthTech Solutions

The opioid health crisis may have already peaked. However, substance use disorder (SUD) related deaths are on the rise for other controlled and illicit substances. Opioid addiction and treatment have different clinical and technical protocols, so solutions put in place to address the opioid addiction and death crisis may not necessarily scale to address other […]

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2019 Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference (MESC)

August 28, 2019 | Author: HealthTech Solutions

HealthTech Solutions sent a large delegation to the 2019 Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference (MESC) in Chicago. We fanned out for client meetings and sessions, but here were our key takeaways:   The pre-conference workshops was a very useful format for digging into specific topics. One of these sessions, hosted by the federal government’s General Services […]

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Policy briefing: White House Executive Order on Price Transparency

June 27, 2019 | Author: HealthTech Solutions

On June 24, 2019, the Trump Administration issued an Executive Order (EO) on increasing transparency in healthcare prices for patients and families. Pricing data is often hidden, as this is a private negotiation in provider contracts. For example, a health plan may pay hospitals, laboratories, equipment providers, or care providers differently based on quality of […]

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CMS requests public comments on efforts to streamline patient and provider burden

June 6, 2019 | Author: HealthTech Solutions

Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shared a new Request for Information (RFI) as part of their efforts to reduce patient and provider reporting burden. The RFI has not yet been published in the Federal Register, but the pre-publication version of the RFI can be found here. CMS will accept comments for […]

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Policy briefing: The Lower Health Care Costs Act open for comments until June 5th

May 29, 2019 | Author: HealthTech Solutions

Senate HELP leaders propose new, bipartisan legislation to address the high costs of healthcare. Comments are due by June 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time to LowerHealthCareCosts@help.senate.gov.   On May 23, 2019, leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Democrat Patty Murray (Washington) and Republican Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) announced the […]

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TEFCA version 2 comments are due on June 17, 2019

May 8, 2019 | Author: HealthTech Solutions

For readers new to the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), please see here and here. In this third installment, we discuss TEFCA version 2, how it differs from the previous effort, and what stakeholders may wish to consider as they develop comments.   Comments are due to the U.S. Department of Health and […]

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HHS releases five new HIPAA FAQs for “Right of Access”

May 6, 2019 | Author: HealthTech Solutions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights occasionally issues new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to clarify how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) applies to other new policy or law. Since HHS recently proposed two new rules related to patient data and how third-party application developers may […]

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Important policy updates from HHS

April 19, 2019 | Author: HealthTech Solutions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued several important updates today: The interoperability proposed rules comment period has been extended by 30 days and comments are now due on June 3, 2019.  New HIPAA FAQs related to health information exchange and interoperability: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/faq/health-information-technology/index.html The Trusted Exchange and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Draft 2, […]

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