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RELATED INFORMATION

Telehealth Testimony
2016 Rural Health Briefing


Comment Letter to CMS
On Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2016 Final Rule (Dec 2015)


Comment Letter
To CMS on modifications to meaningful use for 2015–2017 (Jun 2015)


Comment Letter
To CMS on Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule (May 2015)


Letter to Congress
In support of Flex-IT Act (Sep 2014)


Comment Letter
To CMS on proposed changes to EHR incentive programs for 2014 (Jul 2014)


Letter to DPW and DOH
Asking for support of public health reporting through the PA eHealth Partnership Authority’s Pennsylvania Patient & Provider Network (Jan 2014)


Industry Insights (Nov 2015)
Pennsylvania Hospitals’ Adoption of Health IT: Keeping our Promise to Patients


DVHC Impact

In southeastern Pennsylvania, hospitals, health insurers, and other providers are working together to create the HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania. With this health information exchange, clinicians at different health systems, physician practices, and other care settings can share patient information electronically. Easier access to more complete information will empower clinicians across the continuum of care to improve care transitions and better serve their patients. Learn more

Electronic Health Records

An electronic health record (EHR) provides a computerized version of a “paper chart.” EHRs must be able to communicate and securely share patient information so that health care providers have complete and accurate information to treat patients effectively. They also need to make sure other providers who see the patient have access to important medical background. HAP is working to help create secure systems that support the seamless exchange of health information among health care providers. 

Please see the latest trends from the Pennsylvania Findings from the AHA Health IT Survey

Health Information Exchange   

HAP supported the creation of the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority to enable health information exchange (HIE) among health care providers in Pennsylvania. The authority’s website provides many resources that explain how HIE works.   

Meaningful Use   

The federal government has helped to advance the adoption and use of electronic health record technology by hospitals and physicians by creating the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs. These programs use a combination of payment incentives and penalties to get all providers to use standardized EHRs to capture and share patient data (meaningful use). In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services provides resources for health care providers on the Medicaid Electronic Records Incentive Program. 

Resources

Step-by-Step Guides for Submitting Stage 2 Meaningful Use Data through the Attestation System

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has available the following step-by-step guides to help navigate the CMS Attestation System:

Additional Stage 2 Resources

CMS has additional resources to help ensure your attestation will be successful:

Related News

November 08, 2018

Award-winning Tech Expert Highlights Value of Telemedicine

Across the nation, telemedicine (also known as telehealth, connected care, and virtual care) is helping patients gain access to physicians through connected devices, helping to address provider and appointment shortages, and provide convenient care at a lower cost. The platform does not represent a new type of care, but rather a different delivery method that is being embraced by highly regarded providers, businesses, insurers, and health care innovators.


October 18, 2018

PA Telemedicine Law Fails to Advance During Last Session Day

Despite earning unanimous approval from the full state Senate and the state House Professional Licensure Committee—as well as support from health care advocates across the commonwealth—Senate Bill 780, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), was not able to clear its final legislative hurdle today, the end of the 2017–2018 legislative session.


October 05, 2018

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Calls for Shared Responsibility

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).The NCSAM theme for 2018 is “Our Shared Responsibility,” which emphasizes that cyberspace cannot be secured without the help of all users.


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Related Blogs

July 21, 2016

Rural vs urban?
The need to improve health transcends geography and party lines

According to politics, party affiliation—and the dictionary—rural and urban qualify as polar opposites. Here in Pennsylvania, country-city tensions can sometimes contribute to policy divides and an “us vs them” mentality.


January 14, 2016

Do Rural Residents Deserve Less Access Than Their Urban Counterparts?


February 20, 2014

We’ve Come a Long Way with Health Information Technology, But Next Phase Will Be Difficult

As we approach the tenth anniversary of President Bush’s call to action, we can be proud that most Americans now see providers who use electronic health records.

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