Calling all Home Health and Hospice Tech Leaders – Please Take this Survey!

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and Forcura are partnering on the creation of an Industry Report: The 2018 State of Connectivity – How Home Health and Hospice Organizations are Sharing Health Information. We invite you and your organization to participate in this research by answering a few simple questions in the…

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…

Robots Could Transform Home Care

Home health jobs are among the toughest in the United States to fill, as readers of NAHC Report already know. There is a workforce crisis in home care and hospice and while NAHC is working hard to help solve it, technology will inevitably play a big role in any solution to the problem – as…

Congressional Leaders Press HHS for Answers on Cybersecurity in Health Care

Key leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives sent a bipartisan letter to the Department of Health and Human Services last week, raising concerns about the department’s implementation of the Cyber Security Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015 and requesting important updates, including information about the Cyber Threat Preparedness Report (CTPR). The letter, signed by…

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.…

Standalone Smartphone App Has Mixed Reviews Helping Control Hypertension

Hypertension is estimated to affect 34 percent of U.S. adults 20 years or older and accounts for more than 73,000 deaths each year. While many factors contribute to poorly controlled hypertension, proper medication adherence is an ongoing struggle. Given this challenge, health app developers have been quick to bring to market technology enabled solutions that…

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…