3/22/2017 | RESOURCES
In one of the rare bi-partisan votes of 2016, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama signed into law December 13th. 21st Century Cures is a wide ranging bill that covers everything from FDA approval processes to telemedicine to health IT and interoperability. Many may not realize that the final 21st Century Cures bill included most of the provisions of the Senate HELP Committee’s Legislation to Improve Health Information Technology for Patients and Families, which was approved by the committee in early 2016 and contains many interoperability provisions. The 21st Century Cures Act attempts to address a number of interoperability and patient access issues, most of which will have an impact on health information organizations (HIOs). In this white paper series, Genevieve Morris and Jason McNamara identify what HIOs need to know in order to comply with new requirements laid out in the 21st Century Cures Act.
The bill includes provisions around enabling easier patient access to their electronic medical information
The bill includes a number of provisions around the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) establishing both a trust exchange framework and a common agreement for health information
The Act identifies a handful of practices that would constitute information blocking. Information blocking is defined as any practice that “is likely to interfere with, prevent, or materially discourage access, exchange, or use of electronic health information” except where the law or regulations prevent exchange.
ABOUT THE WRITERS:
Ms. Morris is a senior director with extensive experience in health IT policy and program management, health information exchange, and is a Quality Payment Program (QPP), Interoperability, and Meaningful Use Subject Matter Expert. Her job responsibilities include researching, creating reports, and developing presentations for ONC to inform their decisions, which impact health IT and health information exchange regulations and policy nationwide. Ms. Morris has been instrumental and influential in the development of several national policies, including consumer engagement in health information exchange, provider directories, master patient indices, and query-based health information exchange. In response to regulatory actions that ONC establishes, Ms. Morris drafts comment letters to provide an unbiased, outside perspective.
As a Health IT professional with over 15 years of experience, Mr. McNamara has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Military Health System, clinical software vendors, and solution providers on the implementation of EHRs, Health IT tools, Health Information Exchange Infrastructure, and national HIT policy programs.
Mr. McNamara serves as the director of health technology services for Audacious Inquiry. In this role, Mr. McNamara is hyper focused with supporting the “tactical” operations of states’ healthcare agendas, while using health IT as the underpinning foundation to advance healthcare goals. He leads various Health IT evaluations and technology implementations to effectively utilize statewide services and technology in a multi-payor environment. He also serves as the Medicaid and public health Subject Matter Expert to promote Medicaid and public health use-cases in complex environments that apply data mobility and utilization services.
Prior to Ai, Mr. McNamara spent five years in various strategic leadership roles for CMS. He provided strategic insight and leadership support on an array of high profile federal initiatives involving Medicaid information technology, meaningful use of electronic health records, clinical quality measurement systems for states, and managed the health information exchange portfolio for Medicaid.