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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. 


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:

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Cybersecurity Continues as a Major Threat to Health Care Organizations; Preparation is Key

Two surveys released this week highlight the increasing importance of preventing, minimizing, and communicating—both internally and externally—about cybersecurity incidents, as the number of cyberattacks involving health care organizations continues to increase.

March 07, 2018

CMS launches MyHealthEData and Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two initiatives aimed at empowering patients by giving them access and control of their own medical data. MyHealthEData is an initiative intended to provide patients with electronic access to their own health records. Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0 is an initiative to provide Medicare beneficiaries with their medical claims data in a universal and secure digital format.

March 05, 2018

Electronic Health Record Adoption Continues to Grow

In the United States, adoption rates for electronic health records (EHR) have continued to increase due to federal regulations and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Program. EHRs are powerful tools available to hospitals and health systems to increase the quality of care to patients, and reduce the cost of providing that care.

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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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