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News by Topic: Health information technology

Nov 14, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Functions: Eligibility for Exemptions, which includes requirements for states related to eligibility determinations for certificates of exemption from shared responsibility payments; and 2) Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability (EMDI) Pre and Post Pilot Measures Survey, which is used in the evaluation of the performance of CMS policies for the interoperability and collection of data, and assessment of a provider's ability to send and receive electronic health information. Comments are due by January 13, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 14, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 405(d) team announces the creation of a toolkit to help healthcare organizations protect their critical infrastructure from cyber attacks for National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month. The toolkit includes communication and educational resources to help rural facilities adopt practices to mitigate threats to cybersecurity and protect patient information.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sep 30, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announces it will implement new procedures by January 2020, making sharing electronic health information easier and more efficient. If a patient does not want to participate, they can choose to opt out, as opposed to before when they had to authorize the VA to share records before receiving care.
Source: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs