Welcome to 2021! It's a new year, and with the new year comes a new administration and some uncertainty about the future of recent healthcare regulations.
First of all, we'd like to congratulate our long time friend and colleague Micky Tripathi, formerly the CEO of Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), on his appointment as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, head of the ONC. We think he's a wonderful choice for the position and look forward to working with him in his new role. Congratulations as well to other administration appointees and nominees including Dr. Rochelle Wollensky from Mass General as the new head of the CDC.
Also with the new administration comes a 60 day regulatory freeze and review of all recent proposed and final rules. We believe this includes quite a few interoperability and health IT rules, among them a new proposed rule with changes to HIPAA and the new CMS rule focused on prior authorization (but including other new interoperability requirements such as a Payer => Provider data exchange, or Provider Access API). These rules may end up going forward as-is, going forward with modifications, or being tabled. There are also a slew of new legislative activities affecting health IT covering privacy, anti-trust, telehealth, and much more.
Regardless of how all of that works out, we're certain there will continue to be many changes and challenges for MHDC to meet. We think we're well poised to succeed no matter what 2021 brings through our various services offered to our general membership, our analytics services, and our data governance services. We also hope to merge with the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN) in April to further enhance our data governance strategy moving forward.
Be safe, and stay well.
Denny Brennan, Executive Director
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