Author: Renee Towne

7 Reasons Why Your HIE Should Obtain NCQA Data Aggregator Validation (DAV) Status

Value-based care is forcing all of us to change in different ways, but mostly with the way we share and use electronic health data. No doubt health information exchanges (HIEs) are at the center of this conversation as every HIE has the goal of improving outcomes using electronic health data. So how can HIEs revolutionize…
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USCDIv2 Published: New Standards to Advance Interoperability

The benefits and advantages of health care standards are many, hence how many national organizations are focused on the establishment and evolution of specifications. Today’s interoperability standards are more than a single entity proposing a set of guidelines and pushing its adoption. Rather, today’s standards are built on collaboration from interdisciplinary parties to meet shared…
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Exchanging Better: CCD Generation as part of NCQA’s Data Aggregator Validation

As our health care system moves closer to true interoperability, the universal hope is that these capabilities will be a catalyst to more affordable, high quality health care. It is an exciting time if you are a Health Information Exchange (HIE) that is equipped to handle the volume and diversity of health data to meet…
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New Changes Apply to CMS’ Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in Response to COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, we have been keeping our pulse on changes and updates to value-based program requirements. Here are three of the recent policy updates that apply to providers and groups participating in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). #1 Cost Reweighting The most significant…
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Building Trust in Health Information Exchange Data

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently released an issue brief that showcases strategies and opportunities to advance the use of electronic clinical data for quality measurement and improvement. NCQA has been piloting with a new HEDIS® reporting method called Electronic Clinical Data Systems (ECDS). NCQA ECDS reporting “provides a standardized way to use…
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