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FHIR Blog Series | Part 1 of 8: CMS Interoperability & Patient Access Rule - Impact & Opportunities

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By Shobhit Saran - Asst. Vice President, Health Plans Consulting, Gati Patel – Healthcare Business Analyst, FAST+

CMS released the much-awaited Interoperability & Patient Access Rule in early March this year. This rule establishes policies that aim to break down barriers in the health system across the US for better patient engagement.

CMS had proposed the Interoperability & Patient Access Rule to support regulations of the MyHealthEData initiative and 21st Century Cures Act with an implementation timeline. This resulted in numerous requests from the healthcare industry, specially by the payer community, which demanded for the rule to be implemented in a phased manner. This was well received by CMS and timelines have been set accordingly given that technological advancements and security of data exchange need to be taken into consideration.

The rule promises to enable better patient access to their health information, improve interoperability and drive innovation, while reducing burden on payers and providers. Patients can now be aware of their health information for better care and improved patient outcomes. With data being available conveniently and securely among payers, providers, and patients, CMS hopes to achieve real coordinated care, improved health outcomes, and reduced costs.

The new rule states seven policies that will improve access to health information and move the healthcare eco-system towards greater interoperability. A summary of the new policies and its possible impact on payers and providers are:

Impact on Payers

  1. Patient Access API - Claims & Encounter: Make member health information available to them through APIs connecting third party software apps
  2. Provider Directory API: Maintain and publish provider directory data through APIs with latest updates
  3. Payer to Payer Data Exchange: Exchange data set (of up to 5 years) to another plan that currently covers the enrollee
  4. Improving the Dually Eligible Experience by Increasing the Frequency of Federal-State Data Exchanges: From weekly or monthly, to daily exchange

Impact on Providers

  1. Public Reporting and Information Blocking: CMS will start publishing a list of providers, clinicians, etc. who act as information blockers and also a list based on provider performance to promote the Interoperability program under MIPS
  2. Digital Contact Information: CMS in the later part of 2020 to publicly start reporting providers who do not list or update their digital contact information in the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES)
  3. Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) Event Notifications: Standardized patient ADT event messaging system between health systems to improve care coordination

New Rule Timeline

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Key Rule Requirements and Activities for Payers

Rule Requirements

Activities to Undertake

  • Patient Access APIs: Third party apps to retrieve data for adjudicated claims, encounter with capitated provisions, remittances, member cost share, clinical lab test result, preferred drug list, etc.
  • Stand-up FHIR server
  • Receive current data sources generating feeds for adjudication / labs / other data domains
  • Ingest feeds into mapping tool to convert to FHIR standards
  • Validation, including performance, security for live hits through different consuming apps: web based, member portals apps and others
  • Provider Directory APIs: Maintain and publish provider directory data through APIs with latest updates
 
  • Payer to Payer Data Exchange: Exchange data set (of up to 5 years) to another plan that currently covers the enrollee
 
  • Improving the Dually Eligible Experience: Increase the frequency of federal-state data exchanges from weekly & monthly to daily
 

 

The new CMS rule promises to help payers achieve seamless flow of health information to patients and providers, with stronger privacy and security measures to protect personal health information. CMS also plans to implement more advanced data sharing standards to improve and simplify the overall healthcare experience, where FHIR is slated to play a key role for faster implementation, speed to market and better provider & member engagement.

Read all Blogs in the FHIR Series

Part 2: CMS Interoperability & Patient Access Rule - Patient Consent on Data Sharing

Part 3: CMS Interoperability & Patient Access Rule – Provider Engagement using ‘SMART on FHIR®’ Apps

Part 4: CMS Interoperability & Patient Access Rule - FHIR Bulk Data API

Part 5: CMS Interoperability & Patient Access Rule - FHIR Data Repository

Next in the blog series, Part 6: "Payer to Payer Data Exchange”.

 

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