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Feds Likely to Focus on Health Data Security at Meeting

Posted in Accountable Care Organizations, Affordable Care Act, Electronic Health Records, Hospitals and Institutions, Legislation and Public Policy, Medicare and Medicaid, Privacy and Data Protection

A November 22 article, “Feds Likely to Focus on Health Data Security at Meeting,” in Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report and other publications discussed the upcoming annual meeting of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) from November 30 – December 1. Day Pitney’s Eric Fader was quoted in the article.Eric told Bloomberg BNA that one of the central questions underlying many health information technology issues is how willing the Trump administration is to impose and enforce requirements on healthcare providers. The theme of the ONC meeting, “Tackling Barriers to Interoperability and Usability,” implies that the administration plans decisive action, but in the past the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have gone in the opposite direction, Eric said, relaxing requirements on provider data reporting and reducing support for alternative payment models that encourage information sharing.

“Clearly no one’s suggesting unwinding all the recent provider consolidations, accountable care organizations and other value-based care coordination initiatives and going back to fee-for-service health care, but universal interoperability isn’t going to happen without the government agencies continuing to push people along,” Eric said.

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