FTC: ONC rule could distort competition, impede innovation – Health Article

The Federal Trade Commission has weighed in regarding a proposed rule on information blocking from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In a letter to ONC, the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning, Bureau of Economics and Bureau of Competition recommends that the agency consider changes to ensure that its final rule “does not inadvertently distort competition or inhibit conduct that is affirmatively procompetitive and consumer friendly.” ONC’s proposed rule seeks to implement the information blocking provisions of…

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ONC, CMS proposed rules continue to come under fire from stakeholders – Health Article

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should scrap their proposed rules on interoperability and start over. That’s the contention of the Health Innovation Alliance (formerly Health IT Now), a coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers. Earlier this year, ONC issued a proposed rule—along with a companion rule from CMS—intended to make electronic health information accessible to both patients and providers. However, stakeholders have questioned whether the…

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Senate draft bill promotes exchange of health information – Health Article

Draft legislation released by the Senate health committee for public comment would not only reduce healthcare costs but is also meant to improve patient access to data. Section 501 of the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 includes a requirement to provide patients with health claims, network and cost information to help them make better insurance decisions. According to the Senate committee, the draft bill “expands on the success of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Blue Button…

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WEDI mulls new role in administering standards maintenance groups – Health Article

Designated Standards Maintenance Organizations may play a key role in maintaining the HIPAA transaction standards. Now, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, which works to improve health information exchange, care quality and efficiency while cutting costs, may want to take on a new function and administer DSMOs, said Charles Stellar, CEO of WEDI, during HIMSS19. A DSMO provides services for healthcare entities to process change requests related to HIPAA transactions and code sets. Members of the DSMO evaluate change requests,…

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