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Tuesday May 9, 2023  |  Luke Marinac

Demystifying Compliance: How Interoperability Solutions Can Simplify Healthcare Regulations

Implementing interoperability solutions can help healthcare providers to better comply with industry regulations and reduce the risk of compliance-related issues and penalties. But that’s only half the story.

Because most federal guidelines aim to streamline patient access to financial and health information, improved compliance can also bolster the customer experience, increasing the likelihood of repeat business, and helping revenue move back into your facility faster.

Unfortunately, staying up-to-date and in good standing with federal regulations is easier said than done. In this blog, we’ll break down what you need to know and how technology partnerships can keep your facility on track.

Overcoming Healthcare Mandates

Delivering high-quality patient care while meeting healthcare mandates can be a challenging task for many providers. However, partnering with an experienced professional can provide a strong foundation of established compliance and ongoing assistance.

One of the most pressing regulations for hospitals, and our focus for this post, is the 2015 Edition Cures Update of the Promoting Interoperability (PI) program.

What is the 2015 Edition Cures Update?

The 2015 Edition Cures Update of the Promoting Interoperability (PI) program is a set of regulations developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that are intended to promote the use of electronic health records (EHRs) by healthcare providers.

This update introduces new requirements for providers and aims to improve patient access and health data sharing options.

How a Technology Partnership Can Help

Most traditional, on-site IT teams already have their plate full with day-to-day operations and aren’t equipped to handle monitoring and implementing increasingly complex regulatory updates. Working with an experienced partner can help offload some of these obligations while ensuring the secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information at enterprise scale.

Some services these partnerships can offer include:

  • Ongoing support for third-party patient and hospital-user-facing applications
  • Minimal implementation downtime
  • Real-time read access to USCDI v1 data via APIs compliant with FHIR 4.0.1 standards
  • Support for SMART-on-FHIR, OAuth 2.0, and OpenID Connect (OIDC)
  • Enhancements to CCDA to include USCDI v1 data
  • Export of EHI (single patient and system) in machine-computable format
  • Self-initiate patient EHI from the patient portal

If some of that reads like a foreign language—you're not alone, and we can help.

MEDHOST Cures 2023 Interoperability Solution

The MEDHOST Cures 2023 Interoperability Solution is the result of over 35 years of managed IT experience. It enables hospitals to comply with PI regulations, maximize reimbursements, and avoid penalties from non-compliance.

MEDHOST Electronic Case Reporting (eCR)

This feature helps you meet public health reporting requirements under the Promoting Interoperability Program through streamlined automation.

For example, “hands-free” functionality can take the pressure off hospital staff by reducing workflow disruptions such as eligible case identification or maintaining reportable condition trigger codes for electronic case reporting (eCR).

CommonWell Health Alliance Integration

CommonWell Integration provides access to a secure, nationwide exchange of health records for over 34,000 provider sites and more than 191 million unique individuals.

Through this partnership, MEDHOST customers can access:

  • Automatic retrieval of documentation for clinical review
  • Auto-response to requests for CCDA documents from other facilities
  • Assistance in meeting the 2022 IPPS measure for bi-directional communication with Health Information Exchanges (HIE)

To learn more about how we can support Interoperability and help your facility navigate any future regulations, please contact your Customer Success Executive or

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