The latest meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee was chock full of recommendations. Workgroups suggested changes spanning flexibility, interoperability, timelines and reducing the burden on providers and EHR vendors.
Device makers must submit information about each product that the public can search and download and, when the program is fully implemented, most devices will include a UDI in human- and machine-readable form.
Tapping into EHR data for public health surveillance could streamline reporting, facilitating more complete and timely data collection and the use of eCQMs showed promise for improving clinical data analysis and reporting, according to the agency.
Many consumers came to the exchanges in 2014 because it was their only choice. Once there, however, online behaviors likely contributed to some of what we saw in 2015 and will continue to see with each enrollment period.
This hunt for patient perspective, which is becoming more and more common, is fueled in part by the health law's quality-improvement provisions and other federal financial incentives, such as the link between Medicare payments and patient satisfaction scores.