Office of Burden Reduction & Health Informatics

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Office of Burden Reduction & Health Informatics

Our focus is to reduce administrative burden and advance interoperability and national standards. We engage beneficiaries and the medical community to understand their experiences, inform solutions, and infuse a customer-focused mindset throughout CMS.

Spotlight

Enter Your Digital Contact Information Into NPPES Now

In the May 2020 CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, CMS finalized the policy to publicly report the names and National Provider Identifiers of providers who don’t have digital contact information included in the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES).

Enter your digital contact information, or Endpoints, in NPPES now. Provider organizations can upload new or updated data elements for their providers in bulk through the NPPES Electronic File Interchange (EFI) process. Endpoints allow health care providers to send authenticated, encrypted health information directly to trusted recipients securely over the internet. CMS plans to publicly report providers missing digital contact information by the end of this year.

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New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

On September 15, 2021, CMS published three FAQs which explain that CMS will not take enforcement action against certain payers for the payer-to-payer data exchange provision of the May 2020 Interoperability and Patient Access final rule until future rulemaking is finalized. CMS’ decision to exercise enforcement discretion for the payer-to-payer policy until future rulemaking occurs does not affect any other existing regulatory requirements and implementation timelines outlined in the final rule. More information is available at: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Interoperability/index

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FHIR Connectathon Recap

In July 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted its second HL7® FHIR® Connectathon, welcoming over 800 participants from Federal agencies and the health IT industry to a three-day event with more than 70 presentations focusing on education, implementation guide testing, and community-building around Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)-based application programming interfaces (APIs).  The Connectathon served as an excellent opportunity for participants and implementers to validate the capabilities of the HL7 FHIR standard and guides to ensure the successful implementation of the policies in the May 2020 CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule and the ONC 21st Century Act, as well as the ONC EHR certification requirements. In addition, the Connectathon informed opportunities to further the standardization of quality data reporting. Importantly, the Connectathon informed the ability of assessing and exchanging social risk information and other improvements that can enable electronic case reporting in public health, and more. Registered participants will have access to all event recordings via Whova for the next three months. Recorded sessions are also available on HL7’s Education on Demand site  but please note, you will need to be logged into HL7.org to view. 

Should you have any further questions about this or future Connectathons, please reach out to CMS at cmshealthinformaticsandinteroperabilitygroup@cms.hhs.gov or reference the HL7 site.

Thank you to our partners at HL7, our industry panelists and presenters, and to all who were able to participate!
 

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10/08/2021 10:38 AM