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  • Not only will providers have to abide by the ONC final rule, but the CMS interoperability rule addresses admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications. Providers need to fulfill a CMS condition of participation that will require all healthcare facilities to send outbound event notifications by May 2021. All healthcare facilities must send direct electronic notifications to a patient’s provider once the patient is admitted, discharged, or transferred from another facility.
  • The CMS rule will require all providers to send a notification to a patient’s provider after the patient is admitted, discharged, or transferred from another healthcare facility. HIEs can help enable this by embedding their own ADT notifications structure within the HIE service.
  • The ONC interoperability rule primarily focuses on making patient data exchange more fluid for patients, payers, providers, and virtually the entire healthcare network. To comply with the interoperability rule, communication between HIEs, vendors, and consultants is vital. The ONC rule will require information to be more standardized, integrating terminology standards on the information’s meaning. The rule also requires APIs to open up access to patient data and forces providers to share this access, which ultimately relieves HIEs from this burden.

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