Archive for June, 2014

Update: Radiology Participation in Meaningful Use

June 23, 2014 Leave a comment

According to recently released Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), 4576 diagnostic radiologists, 1513 radiation oncologists, 210 interventional radiologists, and 92 nuclear medicine physicians have attested to at least one year of Meaningful Use (MU) as of the end of 2013.

Only 16 diagnostic radiologists—in what appears to be at least four locations—used 2014 Edition certified EHR technology for MU in calendar year (CY) 2013.

The file was posted on May 31 and the metadata was updated on February 28. It is unclear if the data set also contains the March 2014 attestations for CY 2013 reporting periods.  As you may recall, CMS extended the attestation deadline by one month for CY 2013 reporting periods.

Source: CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, electronic health record products used for attestation (May 31, 2014)

Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

ONC Updates the 2014 Edition Test Method

June 19, 2014 2 comments

Earlier today, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) released an update to the 2014 Edition Test Method that supports the testing and certification of health IT products used in the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Specifically, the test procedure for the key “automated numerator recording/automated measure calculation” certification criterion was modified. Also updated were the test data associated with that procedure, and the test data associated with the procedure for the “data portability” criterion.

While primarily meant for testing labs and certification bodies, the 2014 Test Method is also an important resource for industry because it essentially shows how functionality will be tested against ONC’s various certification criteria.  This allows for more efficacious planning prior to product submission.

Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

ONC Paper: Achieving an Interoperable HIT Infrastructure

Earlier today, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) announced the release of its paper, “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.” The paper broadly covers issues and activities pertaining to interoperability and identifies five general building blocks for a nationwide interoperable HIT Infrastructure:

  1. Core technical standards and functions: ONC will use its existing Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework to enable the volunteer standards development community to advance core standards for terminology, content and format, transport, and security.
  2. Certification to support adoption and optimization of health IT products and services: ONC will use its HIT certification program and certification criteria regulations to enhance interoperability on a broad scale.
  3. Privacy and security protections for health information: ONC will identify and resolve weaknesses/gaps in privacy and security in various exchange models and invest in methods that support distributed analytics and open evidence without sharing PHI.
  4. Supportive business, clinical, cultural, and regulatory environments: ONC will work with stakeholders to resolve the ever-present cultural and business barrier to health information exchange.
  5. Rules of engagement and governance: Through standards, policies, and services, ONC will facilitate trust and interoperability across various networks and stakeholders.

The building blocks were informed in part by ONC’s March 2013 Request for Information (RFI) on advancing interoperability and health information exchange. ACR submitted comments in response to that RFI on April 15, 2013.