Electronic Visit Verification Delay Passes Congress

The United States Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation on Tuesday, July 17, to delay until 2020 the start of the electronic visit verification program to document when personal care services are provided. An identical bill passed the House of Representatives last month and now the legislation goes to the White House for President Trump to…

CMS Provides Guidance on EVV Delay

After months of uncertainty, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided guidance on allowing states to delay implementation of electronic visit verification (EVV) for up to one year. The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) mandates that states implement EVV for all Medicaid personal care services by January 1, 2019, but the…

Proposed 2019 Budget Cuts CMS and ONC

The House Appropriations Committee has released a draft 2019 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that proposes boosting the department by about $1 billion to $89.2 billion, but contains significant cuts for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).…

Understanding Health IT Certification, Interoperability, and Health Information Exchange

In case you happened to miss the announcement included in the Proposed FY2019 Hospice Payment and Quality Reporting Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the Possible Establishment of CMS Patient Health and Safety Requirements for Hospitals and Other Providers for Electronic Transfer of Health Information.…

ONC Releases Draft Specifications for Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (Trust Exchange Framework) for public comment this week.  The Trust Exchange Framework was designed to improve data sharing between the nation’s assortments of health information networks with the goal of creating a “Network of Networks” infrastructure to…