CMS LAUNCHES A PERFECT TOOL FOR NURSING PROVIDERS TO ACHIEVE INTEROPERABILITY
In an announcement, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched their first Data Element Library (DEL).
DEL is a database that supports the exchange of electronic health information in a free and centralized way, allowing the public for the first time to view particular types of data that CMS requires post-acute care facilities (such as nursing homes and rehab hospitals) to collect as part of the health assessment of their patients.
These assessments comprise questions and response selections (data elements) about patients, including demographics, medical problems and other sorts of health evaluations.
Healthcare facilities integrate all of this patient information into their medical record systems, and this information is used for numerous purposes, such as payment by CMS, quality measurement and quality improvement.
As a database, it also includes health IT standards for technology vendors to effortlessly incorporate information into their electronic health records (EHRs) platforms that are used by any type of post-acute provider, as stated by CMS.
Indeed, better communication is achieved across healthcare providers, reducing burdens on their part and eventually enhance coordination of care among patients.
As addressed on the same announcement CMS Administrator Seema Verma said:
“We’re excited to add this important building block to the foundation for interoperability that CMS is helping to establish,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “The DEL supports the use and sharing of data, and aligns with MyHealthEData, a governmentwide effort strengthening the interoperability of health information. It also closely aligns with CMS’ Patients Over Paperwork initiative focused on reducing administrative burden and costs while improving care coordination, outcomes and patients’ ability to make decisions about their own care.”
Erudite Nursing Institute™ supports the on-going development in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services agency to further improve the exchange of electronic health information among health institutions, healthcare providers, ultimately advance coordination of care for patients.
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