On June 19, the US House of Representatives passed HR 2740, the FY2020 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act with an amendment striking language in the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill that prohibits HHS from spending any federal dollars to promulgate or adopt a national patient identifier, which has stifled innovation and industry progress for nearly two decades.
On June 17, 2019, AHIMA submitted comments and provided recommendations on Draft 2 of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). Required under the 21st Century Cures Act, the TEFCA outlines a common set of principles, terms, and conditions to support the development of a voluntary Common Agreement that would enable nationwide exchange of electronic health information (EHI) across disparate health information networks (HINs). The TEFCA seeks to scale EHI exchange nationwide and ensure that HINs, providers, plans, individuals, and other stakeholders have secure access to their EHI when and where it is needed.
The World Health Organization released a version of ICD-11 to allow countries to begin planning for implementation in June 2018, and the organization officially adopted ICD-11 on May 25, 2019. For an overview of ICD-11, which is designed to support multiple use cases and will go into effect on January 1, 2022, and what next steps might look like for the US and international health industry, read the latest Under the Dome post.
AHIMA had several comments and recommendations in response to the ONC’s 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program proposed rule.
A diverse group of nearly 200 AHIMA members convened on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC last month for AHIMA’s 2019 Advocacy Summit to demonstrate and further their commitment to being advocacy champions for HIM.
Highlights from the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting to discuss proposals for new or modified ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes.