In a recent focus group of hospital executives, three issues emerged as high priorities for 2018 for hospitals and health systems: achieving interoperability, ensuring the best and most cost-effective health outcomes for patients, and securing data.
CMS recently withdrew a proposal that would have required healthcare accreditors to publicly publish deficiencies found in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
This summer has demonstrated hope for consumers and HIM professionals who have long been frustrated by the confusion that can ensue when a patient requests access to their health information.
In late July, AHIMA submitted comments to ONC in response to the agency’s open comment period for its “Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework”—a guide that will evaluate the implementation and use of interoperability healthcare standards.
The frustrations consumers face in obtaining copies of their own medical records is not lost on federal health IT officials, as shown in ONC’s new report: “Improving the Health Records Request Process.”
The free model Patient Request for Health Information Form is intended to help providers streamline patient health information request processes and ensure they are compliant with the Office for Civil Rights’ guidance on an individual’s right of access under HIPAA.