OIG Proposes CMPs Related to Grants, Contracts, and Info Blocking

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a proposed rule to incorporate new authorities for civil monetary penalties (CMPs), assessments, and exclusions related to HHS grants, contracts, other agreements; new CMP authorities for information blocking; and increase the maximum penalties for certain CMP violations The Centers for…

CMS Issues Final Rule to Advance Interoperability

On March 9, 2020, both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued for display on the ONC web site final rules that advance the goals of interoperability of electronic health care records (EHR). On April 22, 2020 these rules went on…

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…

NAHC Submits Comments on Advancing Interoperability

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) in association with the Health Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA, an advisory council to NAHC) summited comments on two proposed rules that address advancing interoperability in health care programs. On February 11, 2019 the Department of Health and Human Services issued two proposed rules. One …

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).…

ONC Tackles Barriers to Interoperability and Usability During Annual Meeting

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), an entity within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently held its 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  This year’s meeting theme, Tackling Barriers to Interoperability and Usability, featured keynotes by policymakers, government and industry panels, and breakout sessions that were…