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Washington Debrief: Legislation Would Extend EHR Incentives to Safety Net Providers, Clinics

July 15, 2013
by Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
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Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
  • Respond to electronic requests from external EHR systems;
  • Validate the requester's authenticating credentials;
  • Match patient information;
  • Assess the "robustness of authorization for specific patient-level request;"
  • Automatically respond to requests based on robustness;
  • Locate and respond with patient records or a notice that no such record will be sent; and
  • Record the transaction and disclosure.

New Legislation Would Extend EHR Incentives to Safety Net Providers, Clinics

Four lawmakers recently unveiled legislation in the Senate and the House of Representatives that would help health clinics and providers serving vulnerable to, low-income patients qualify for incentive payments under Meaningful Use.  Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) reintroduced legislation previously introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) before he became Secretary of State called the Medicaid Information Technology to Enhance Community Health (MITECH) Act (S.1268).  “We can’t get serious about improving care and reducing costs for our most vulnerable populations without leveraging the full promise of electronic health records,” said Senator Rockefeller in a statement.  Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Calif.-24) introduced companion legislation today in the House of Representatives.

Just In:  Senate Finance Committee to Hear From ONC, CMS on EHR Adoption

The Senate Finance Committee released details of hearing set for July 17 entitled: “Health Information Technology: A Building Block to Quality Health Care.”  The hearing will feature witness testimony from Farzad Mostashari, M.D., ScM, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Patrick Conway, M.D., MSc, Chief Medical Officer and Director, Acting Director of CMS Innovation Center.

Now open! CHIME State Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership

The CHIME State Public Policy Award will be presented during National Health IT Week on September 18 in Washington, DC.  (Winner need not be present, but it’s encouraged!)  This award recognizes the contribution of a CHIME member engaged in educating policy makers at the state-level on the value of health IT and its role in patient care.  You may nominate yourself or a colleague.  Submission deadline: Aug. 2, 2013

Edited by Gabriel Perna

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