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A new report from Avalere Health, entitled “Developing Trends in Delivery and Reimbursement of Pharmacist Services,” outlines several factors that could help facilitate broader reimbursement for pharmacist services. The report was released in November and funded by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).
This fall a number of IT and medication therapy management (MTM) developments have been released. ONC released its final 10-year nationwide interoperability roadmap to advance the safe and secure exchange of electronic health data. HHS released the final rule changes to the Stage 1 and Stage 2 meaningful use EHR incentive program and Stage 3 requirements. And CMS announced an Enhanced Medication Therapy Management model test for Medicare Part D programs.
The Pharmacy Health Information Technology Collaborative has released an updated Roadmap for Pharmacy Health Information Technology Integration in U.S. Health Care. The new roadmap provides guidance to pharmacy stakeholders, including vendors, payers, policymakers, and provider organizations.
The 21st Century Cures Act legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 10, 2015, with a vote of 344 to 77. The act’s intent is to remove barriers to innovation, allowing the rapid pace of scientific discovery we are experiencing to be more rapidly translated into cures for patients.
Continuing work toward achieving its strategic plan, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a draft interoperability report in January entitled “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap.”
The FDA issued its proposed rule for the electronic distribution of prescribing information on Dec. 18, 2014, with the stated purpose of being sure that health professionals have access to the most current prescribing information for prescription drugs at the time of clinical decision-making and drug dispensing.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has adopted a new strategic plan outlining the federal government’s IT vision and mission. The plan’s goals are to keep up the momentum of health IT adoption and, at the same time, improve IT implementation beyond hospitals and physician practices.
With the advent of Apple Pay and its integration with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, mobile payment technology is ready to take flight to a new altitude. Smart partnerships with finance and technology companies like Citigroup Inc., American Express, and Stripe have laid the groundwork for mobile payment technology to hit the tipping point.
In anticipation of releasing a “refreshed” health information technology (HIT) strategic plan later this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking comment on a 10-year vision for achieving an interoperable HIT infrastructure that it released in June.
A recent research report points out numerous patient safety issues associated with electronic health records (EHRs), in spite of evidence supporting the use of EHR systems to improve overall healthcare safety and outcomes.