At the Forefront of Healthcare Transformation 

 ILHITREC Interchange Newsletter 
March 2020

HHS Releases two Major Rules on  
Interoperability and Information Blocking
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) just released two major regulations on interoperability and information blocking that will shape the health technology sector for years to come. The rules will also have a major impact on data privacy policy, the future of value-based care, and regulation of health technology.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Cures Act Final Rule implements the interoperability provisions of the Cures Act to promote patient control over their own health information. As ONC implements the Cures Act Final Rule's requirements, patients will begin to get on-demand access to certain information within their medical records, specifically the United States Core Data for Interoperability, which includes clinical notes, test results, and medications. Over the next two years, patients will be increasingly able to choose apps to assemble and read their records, allowing them to shop for care by comparing costs and understand possible treatments, and expected health outcomes.  Read the ONC Cures Act Final Rule HERE and fact sheets HERE .    
The Interoperability and Patient Access final rule (CMS-9115-F) offers patients access to their health information when they need it most and in a way they can best use it. This final rule is focused on driving interoperability and patient access to health information by liberating patient data using CMS authority to regulate Medicare Advantage (MA), Medicaid, CHIP, and Qualified Health Plan (QHP) issuers on the Federally-facilitated Exchanges (FFEs).  Read the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule. HERE and fact sheet  HERE. 

Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs
The Office for the National Coordinator (ONC) recently released their report titled "Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs." As required by the 21st Century Cures Act, this report describes examples of EHR related burden, as well as strategies and recommendations the HHS and other stakeholders can use to help clinicians focus their attention on patients rather than paperwork, when they use health information technology. Here is a nice executive summary of this report, broken down by recommendations, and developed by eHealth Initiative.    
Upcoming Webinar:

Overcoming the Barriers to Successful Stage 3 Attestation

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 
12:00 - 1:00 PM CST

This webinar will focus on strategies and best practices to meet the most challenging Stage 3 Objectives for the Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) program. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email  
containing information about joining the webinar.

Updated Medicaid PI Program Spec Sheets

The Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program has updated their Eligible Professionals Objectives and Measures Spec Sheet for 2020.


Effectiveness of Ambulatory Telemedicine Care in Older Adults 
Despite improvements in life expectancy and advances in medical therapies,  individuals residing in rural areas in the United States face increasing disparities in healthcare delivery.  Remote and distant communities demonstrate higher rates of the five leading causes of death in the United States,  attributed, in part, to the lack of resources  in the ambulatory setting,  limited access to specialists and specialized resources, fewer transportation options, and socioeconomic disparities.  Rural healthcare is especially problematic in vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities,  children,  and older adults.     

Remaining Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program Year Deadlines

The Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program will end in 2021. In order to assist with your planning, below is a table of key dates for this program.


Please note that ILHITREC's Clinical Informatics Specialists  have expertise to assist you with any questions or concerns related to the EHR Incentive Programs. Contact us at or visit for complete details on the wide variety of services provided by ILHITREC.
About Support Provided by ILHITREC
The Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (ILHITREC), under contract with the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS), is providing education, outreach, EHR, and Meaningful Use support to Medicaid providers for the Promoting Interoperability Program. Contact us at