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New CMS Rules Advancing Interoperability

Alex Baker | February 27, 2023

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed two important new rules in December 2022 which, if finalized, would advance electronic health information exchange and streamline cumbersome health care processes by establishing standardized requirements across the industry. These rules reflect the deep collaboration between CMS and ONC to ensure that providers and payers adopt common, open-industry standards to advance interoperability and industry innovation.

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It’s Time for the 2023 Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) Comment Period

Anmer Ayala | February 21, 2023

The public comment period for the 2023 Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) is now open. The SVAP allows Certified Health IT Developers to voluntarily update their Health IT Modules to newer versions of standards and provide these updates to their customers.
As of late January 2023, 38 Certified Health IT Developers and 50 Certified Health IT Modules had voluntarily updated to standards versions on the 2022 SVAP list, which are supported by test tools such as the Inferno (g)(10) Standardized API Test Kit.

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Behind the Scenes of ONC’S Operations Office

Adrienne Kimble | February 16, 2023

ONC’s office of the chief operating officer, under the direction of Chief Operating Officer Lisa Lewis Person, is responsible for a wide range of diverse, key strategic and day-to-day functions that support ONC’s policy and technical work. This month, the ONC Staff Profile series highlights the work of ONC’s two deputy chief operating officers. Adrienne Kimble provides oversight and strategic direction related to legislative affairs, cybersecurity enterprise and architecture, data and reporting, system operations, space management and performance monitoring.

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Is Health IT Ready for Social Determinants of Health-Focused Clinical Decision Support?

Jawanna Henry | February 15, 2023

In a brief titled The Feasibility of Social Determinants of Health Clinical Decision Support, ONC explores how clinical practice guidelines that include social determinants of health (SDOH) factors present an opportunity to advance health equity and improve health outcomes. A standardized approach to clinical decision support (CDS) using SDOH factors can enable clinical practice guidelines to become part of routine care delivery. Such an approach has the potential for broad implementation in a variety of settings and with various systems.

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