HHS 2013 Agenda Focuses on Increasing Value via Health IT
March 7—This year, the federal government plans to accelerate health information exchange (HIE) between providers and with patients, which will be critical to transforming the nation’s healthcare system under reform, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
In 2013, HHS’s goals related to healthcare IT include the following:
- Aim to have 50 percent of physician offices using electronic health records (EHRs) and 80 percent of eligible hospitals receiving meaningful use incentive payments by the end of the year.
- Increase emphasis on the need for interoperability between providers. HHS will issue a request for information seeking public comment on the business case for interoperability, with an April 21 deadline for comments. (See this HFMA article on a related industry alliance.)
- Enhance the effective use of EHRs through initiatives like Medicare’s Blue Button, which allows beneficiaries to access their records online.
HHS also plans to implement meaningful use Stage 2 rules and take new steps to ensure the program’s integrity and security.
According to HHS, EHR adoption has tripled since 2010, increasing to 44 percent in 2012, while computerized physician order entry has more than doubled (increased 168 percent) since 2008.
Publication Date: Thursday, March 07, 2013