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New interoperability plan called ambitious, necessary by health IT leaders

Healthcare IT community leaders are reacting favorably to the government's new plan to improve the interoperability of health information technology systems.“I think the overall tone is very positive,” said Jennifer Covich Bordenick, CEO of the eHealth Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based promoter of health IT. “We want to make sure this is a public-private effort. The government can't do this alone and that sounds like what we're aiming for.” Russell Branzell, CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, a professional association of hospital CIOs, said, "This is a much-needed playbook for each and every health IT professional."

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Federal health IT coordinator sets 2017 goal for interoperability

The federal health information technology coordinator released a wide-ranging report Friday morning on how to improve interoperability in electronic health-record systems. The report, “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation, A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap,” (PDF) calls for most providers to be able to use their systems to send, receive and use “a common set of electronic clinical information ... at the nationwide level by the end of 2017.” The common data set consists of about 20 basic elements, such as patient demographics, lab test results and identifiers for a patient's care team members. The plan is open for public comment through April 3.

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Value-based care not likely to end payer/provider financial spats

A large payer and health system in California are embroiled in a bitter feud over expired contract terms, the type of fight all too common in the fee-for-service world. With healthcare switching to value-based care, some had hoped these types of financial squabbles would disappear as the interests of providers and payers became more closely aligned on reducing costs. But healthcare observers shouldn't hold their breath for that change yet.

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CMS Head Marilyn Tavenner Stepping Down

Last Friday, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced she will be leaving the agency at the end of February. Andrew Slavitt, the current principal deputy administrator at CMS, will assume her role in the interim until the US Senate confirms a replacement.   While many Americans know Tavenner for her handling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, during her tenure at CMS Tavenner led the agency through its management of ICD-10/CM-PCS implementation efforts, for which CMS has been a strong proponent.

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Report looks at state trends in employer-sponsored health coverage

Growth in premiums and deductibles for employer-sponsored health insurance slowed in 31 states and the District of Columbia between 2010 and 2013, but the average employee share of those costs continued to rise faster than income, according to a report released this week by the Commonwealth Fund. The report looks at trends in premium and deductible growth by state between 2003 and 2013. Average premiums amounted to 20% or more of median income in all but 13 states and the District of Columbia in 2013, up from two states in 2003. Average per-person deductibles exceeded $1,000 in all but three states and the District of Columbia in 2013, up from no states in 2003.

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Open Payments Program Overview Video Tutorial Now Available

The 2014 Open Payments Program Overview and Enhancements – Video Tutorial is now available on the Resources web page. This video provides an overview of the 2014 Open Payments program year, along with general guidance on navigating the Open Payments system. During this 20 minute video, viewers can reacquaint themselves with the reporting process and timeline, get an overview of system enhancements, and learn where to access resources and information.

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