The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed policy changes and released requests for input to promote information sharing and care coordination across healthcare settings.
 
In "Feds announce slew of moves aimed at improving nursing homes’ digital communication with hospitals," McKnight's Long-Term Care News notes that two moves are of particular interest to skilled nursing facilities:

  • CMS is requesting input on how it can promote interoperability between hospitals and post-acute settings.
  • An anticipated rule to prevent information blocking would require public reporting when doctors or hospitals block requests for patient information from nursing homes or other providers. 

McKnight’s reported that CMS also proposed to do the following:

  • Require that all Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed care plans share electronic medical claims information by 2020.
  • Seek input on how to improve patient identification and safety to encourage better care coordination across healthcare settings, while advancing interoperability.

“For far too long, electronic health information has been stuck in silos and inaccessible for healthcare consumers,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a statement. “Our proposals help break down existing barriers to important data exchange needed to empower patients by giving them access to their health data.
 
CMS will accept comments on the major provisions in the proposed rule and the RFIs (CMS-9115-P) until early April. The exact date will be included when they are posted in the Federal Register.