NAHC Meets with ONC to Discuss Interoperability

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) met with officials from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHA), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to express support for advancing interoperability in health care and to discuss the role home health and hospice play in delivering care across the…

Study: Poor Communication from Hospitals to Home Health Puts Patients at Risk

Serious communications problems exist between hospitals and home health clinicians, putting the health of patients at risk, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The study surveyed 50 home health care nurses, quality assurance clinicians, administrators and managers, finding that 60 percent of them reported receiving inadequate information to…

Rules on Interoperability and Electronic and Electronic Health Records Must Emphasize Certainty, Innovation

The Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA), an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), wrote to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, urging the CMS to implement health care interoperability goals in ways that encourage innovation, as well as the consistent and reliable sharing and retrieval of information…

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.…

The Net Is No Longer Neutral; What Nullifying Net Neutrality Means for Health Care

Net neutrality is the principle that your internet service provider (ISP), such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, cannot arbitrarily slow down or block access to websites or online services. For the most part, net neutrality died on Monday, April 23rd. It’s death warrant was signed a couple of months earlier when the Federal Communications Commission…