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Dec 7, 2022 - Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that would place new requirements on Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations, state Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) programs, state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) FFS programs, Medicaid managed care plans, CHIP managed care entities, and Qualified Health Plan (QHP) issuers on the Federally-facilitated Exchanges (FFEs) to improve the electronic exchange of healthcare data and streamline processes related to prior authorization. This proposed rule would also add a new measure for eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) under the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program and for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians under the Promoting Interoperability performance category of MIPS. Comments are due within 90 days of the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for December 13, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 9, 2022 - Notice of proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updating versions of the retail pharmacy standards for electronic transactions adopted under the Administrative Simplification subtitle of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Among other things, this proposed rule will modify the currently adopted standards for the following retail pharmacy transactions: healthcare claims or equivalent encounter information; eligibility for a health plan; referral certification and authorization; and coordination of benefits. Comments are due by January 9, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 13, 2022 - Highlights efforts by Arizona's Medicaid agency, the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), to develop health information exchange (HIE) initiatives to address health disparities among American Indian populations in the state. Describes how the initiatives and incentive programs work and how they have produced HIE data to track type 2 diabetes.
Source: EHR Intelligence
Oct 13, 2022 - Highlights medical education program collaborations that offer adaptability and increase pathways to careers in rural areas, noting two programs aiming to increase the rural and underserved healthcare workforce. Describes an electronic health records (EHR) training program to support medical students' ability to navigate EHR.
Source: American Medical Association