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CMS PI interoperability rule change is a good start, but is there more it can address?

The healthcare industry has attempted to bridge the gap between medical data and quality patient care. In this guest post, Thanh Tran, CEO of a company that provides preventive care solutions by supporting and facilitating annual wellness visits, chronic care management and behavioral health, and Donald Voltz, MD, Medical Director of a hospital operating room, offer ideas on what else needs to be done to create a mesh to bridge that gap.

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Federal healthcare organizations such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have spent billions of dollars over the years trying to bridge the gap between medical data and quality patient care with interoperability requirements and data integration, the mesh used to try and bridge the gap. Many government rules have been written to address the type of mesh needed and many electronic health records (EHR) companies have claimed to meet these government requirements and claim the throne of the ultimate mesh maker.

However, hospitals and clinics found the mesh contained many holes such as enabling hospitals to customize EHRs, but only if the EHR customers purchased the EHR systems from the manufacturers for millions of dollars hospitals could ill afford. Also issues such as proprietary connectivity to their own brands that left the hospitals™ other EHR systems to serve as dead-end data silos. Rules and solutions came and went, but few had any teeth until now.

Anyone for a slice of PI?

To end the lack of interoperability morass and data duplication, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued 1,883 pages ofannounced the changeas part of a proposed rule that will transform the EHR incentive programs commonly known as meaningful use under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS). The proposed policies are part of the Zoeticx, a company that provides preventive care solutions by supporting and facilitating annual wellness visit, chronic care management and behavioral health.

Dr. Donald Voltz is the Medical Director of the main operating room at

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