This article provides an overview of each rule, highlighting the key points in each. AHIMA’s Advocacy Team is working with partners in Washington, DC to draft AHIMA’s reaction to both rules. But AHIMA needs to hear from you to ensure the association is speaking on your behalf.
“At first glance, we are pleased that ONC’s information blocking rule acknowledges in its exceptions the importance of promoting the privacy and security of electronic health information, which is a core tenet of the HIM profession,” said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE.
Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which permitted the use of additional diagnosis codes, impacted hospitals’ risk adjustment scores, resulting in the appearance of lower readmission rates, according to the study authors.
Health IT stakeholder groups are frustrated with what they see as lack of progress from the government in combating the practice of information blocking, according to a letter sent to ONC.
The Trump Administration last week proposed a massive overhaul of federal agencies, which would—among other consolidations—restructure the Department of Health and Human Services and rename it the Department of Health and Public Welfare (DHPW).