As the saying goes, there’s no point in reinventing the wheel—which is one reason a diverse group of current and future advocacy volunteers gathered to share their strategies at an exclusive advocacy roundtable event at the 2019 AHIMA Conference.
Earlier this month, AHIMA’s senior director of coding policy and compliance, participated in a NCVHS Subcommittee on Standards ICD-11 Expert Roundtable. The desired outcome of the meeting was to produce a set of questions to help guide HHS in developing research. NCVHS plans to send a letter to the HHS Secretary later this year outlining the key research questions that were identified during the expert roundtable.
Before Congress departed for the Fourth of July district work period last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee overwhelmingly passed S. 1895, the Lower Health Care Costs Act out of committee. Since the beginning of this year, the Senate HELP Committee has held five hearings on how to reduce healthcare costs and four hearings to explore the rising cost of prescription drugs.
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.