Health Data News Roundup: NCQA to Measure Patient-Reported Outcomes; HIEs Combating Opioid Overuse; and Social Determinants Update - IMAT Solutions
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01 Oct Health Data News Roundup: NCQA to Measure Patient-Reported Outcomes; HIEs Combating Opioid Overuse; and Social Determinants Update

Welcome to the Health Data Weekly News Roundup from IMAT Solutions. As the power of data continues to grow in the healthcare arena, today’s care organizations need to be on the forefront of all news and trends to help ensure that their data analytics efforts deliver accountable and informed care. Each week, we will provide you with the actionable news you need to meet these goals.

Health Information Exchanges in FL, CT Combating Opioid Overuse
Providers across Florida and Connecticut are working to curb opioid overuse and opioid-related deaths by integrating prescription drug data into health information exchanges (HIEs) and encouraging providers to closely monitor patient prescribing activity.

NCQA, Health Plans to Measure Patient-Reported Outcomes
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has selected four health plans to test a new performance standard for collecting patient-reported outcomes measures, or PROMs.

Senators Propose Limits on Surprise Healthcare Billing
A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced legislation that aims to end surprise healthcare billing, a practice which can lead to extremely high out-of-pocket costs for consumers.

NIH Establishes Three Genome Centers to Support PMI Cohort
The National Institutes of Health is funding three centers to generate genomic data from bio samples provided by a million volunteers as part of the Precision Medicine Initiative’s All of Us research program.

Beneficiary, Patient Engagement with Health IT, Payers Increases
A UnitedHealthcare survey showed that patient engagement is on the rise, with more beneficiaries using health IT and understanding their payer benefits.

EHR Tools Collecting Social Determinants of Health Data Need Work
Integrating social determinants of health (SDH) data into EHR systems may help providers address the economic and social risks that negatively affect patient health, though a new study points to key challenges.

EHR Implementation Launch Increases Labor Costs For 6 Months
While launching a new EHR implementation may help to reduce hospital spending in the long run, new research suggests labor costs may actually increase for up to six months after healthcare organizations go live with a new system.

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