Last December, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) issued two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that will greatly influence how FHIR advances.
Da Vinci officially commented March 13 on one the rules, the Advancing Interoperability and Improving Prior Authorization Processes, or “Interop 3,” and submitted comments last week to the other rule, the Attachments NPRM, due on March 20. This rule is a set of HIPAA attachment standards and related definitions for electronic exchange of clinical administrative data to support both prior authorizations and claims adjudication, according to Alix Goss, moderator for the HL7 Da Vinci Project Community Roundtable and HL7 Da Vinci Project PMO, as well as vice president and senior consultant with Imprado.
Da Vinci is not in favor of finalizing the proposed regulations, Goss said. A final rule would require investments across the country that essentially will hardwire the approach making further evolution that much harder and burdensome, and redirecting the industry’s focus, taxing resources.
“Industry payers, providers, clearing houses, vendors, patients and more have to make choices at each step of the interoperability journey, and finalizing these regulations brings complications to the choices already made, and those to come,” Goss said. “We all know that the reality that technology moves faster than policy advancements and we're still working out how to work with this reality.”
Goss advises those who want a deeper dive into these rules to review the January 25 Community Roundtable, where the CMS Office of Burden Reduction and the National Standards group delivered an extensive overview.