AHA supports proposed operating rules for administrative simplification   10/03/2012
The AHA supports the proposed adoption of operating rules authored by the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange for health care electronic fund transfers and electronic remittance advice, according to comments submitted today to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. "We view this as an important step forward to advance administrative simplification and burden reduction," wrote Linda Fishman, AHA senior vice president of policy analysis and development. Among other actions, AHA urged CMS to take the lead in providing educational and instructional materials that clarify how to correctly associate EFT and ERA data elements, and to quickly propose adoption of an acknowledgment transaction standard to clear the way for total adoption of CORE's operating rules.
Center recommends action to speed e-health information exchange   10/03/2012
Primary care physicians, medical specialties and hospitals should collaborate to define common information-sharing needs to promote coordinated, value-based care, according to a report released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center. To speed the electronic exchange of health information, the report also calls for a national strategy and long-term plan for standards to support a broad set of health information exchange priorities; a national strategy to more accurately match patients to their health information; extending Stark Law exceptions and anti-kickback safe harbors for donations of health information technology; and comprehensive and clear guidance for complying with federal privacy and security laws, among other actions. A related BPC report looks at clinician needs and preferences for electronic health information to support patient care transitions. More than 80% of clinicians surveyed for the report rated medication lists and laboratory and imaging test results as very important or essential types of patient health information to receive during care transitions.
OIG issues work plan for FY 2013   10/03/2012
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General yesterday published its work plan for fiscal year 2013, which summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities that OIG plans to pursue with respect to HHS programs and operations during the next fiscal year and beyond. For hospitals, new items include a review of how hospital billing for inpatient stays changed from FY 2008 to FY 2012, and a review of Medicare payments made to hospitals for beneficiary discharges that should have been coded as transfers. Also new is a review of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' overall strategy to maintain the integrity of the Medicare program.