News from NATE! – February 4, 2016

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NATE logo 2016 Board of Directors Elected

At the NATE Annual Members Meeting on January 15, the NATE members elected the following to serve on the 2016 Board of Directors:

  • Sharon Wentz
  • Paul Cartland
  • Jeff Livesay, Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN)
  • Kate Horle, CORHIO
  • Sheldon Wolf, State of North Dakota
  • Robert Janacek, DataMotion
  • Jeff Donnell, NoMoreClipboard
  • Christina Caraballo, Get Real Health
  • Rim Cothren, California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE)
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NATE Partnering with BlueButton API Team at CMS to Establish Blue Button on FHIR Pilot

NATE and the Blue Button on FHIR team at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are working together to collaboratively establish a trust mechanism for consumer-facing applications (CFAs) that wish to access CMS beneficiary data via APIs. As part of the Blue Button on FHIR pilot, NATE is extending its administrative tools and governance processes to help demonstrate how CMS (and potentially other data holders with APIs designed to disclose PHI to an application chosen by a consumer) can leverage the private sector’s existing trust communities without building isolated and duplicative government-administered communities.

To find out more about the Blue Button on FHIR pilot and the latest from CMS, check out the following links:

NATE is recruiting partners for this project. Interested parties are encouraged to sign up here:

Time for a Patient-Driven Health Information Economy?
(New England Journal of Medicine)  http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMp1512142

Key Takeaway: “…IT purchasers can demand uniform, useful implementation of an open API. Health care providers and patients can advocate for and collaborate in developing key enabling policies and toolkits that leverage an API for patient data access.”

Understanding Individuals’ Right under HIPAA to Access their Health Information
(HHS OCR Blog Post)  http://www.hhs.gov/blog/2016/01/07/understanding-individuals-right-under-hipaa-access-their.html#

Key Takeaways:

1. If the provider is using a Certified EHR and the consumer requests their PHI to be sent to a Direct address, the provider must send it

2. When providers do send it via Direct, they have no liability

NOTE: The NATE NBB4C Trust Bundle is designed to reduce the burden of using Direct to satisfy this requirement

Senate Health Committee Release Draft Bill to Improve Health IT for Docs, Patients
(HIT Consultant)   http://hitconsultant.net/2016/01/21/senate-health-committee-to-improve-health-it-for-patients-families/

Key Takeaway: Sec. 7. Empowering Patients and Improving Patient Access to their Electronic Health Information: Supports the certification and development of patient-centered health record technology so that patients can access their health information through secure and user-friendly software that may update automatically.

A High-Stakes Match Game To Keep Patient Identities Straight
(Managed Care Magazine)   http://www.managedcaremag.com/archives/2016/1/high-stakes-match-game-keep-patient-identities-straight

Key Takeaway: “Even the best patient matching we have has errors,” says Aaron Seib, CEO of the National Association for Trusted Exchange. “It’s expensive to manage it this way and it involves patient safety risks. You should have the right to have a voluntary identifier so there is no fuzzy matching of your medical information.”

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Find us at the Interoperability Showcase with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, demonstrating consumer-facing tools that empower our veterans!

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Conference Discounts Available for NATE Members
 Contact Meryt.McGindley@nate-trust.org for additional information
NATE’s NBB4C Trust Bundle makes it easier for providers to share health information with their patients so that their patients can do what they want with it.

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