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New ONC and CMS Rules Released for Comment

ONC and CMS released two new rules for comment this week. AIRA will be putting together a schedule to gather comments soon, but in the meantime, we wanted to make sure you are aware of these:

ONC’s rule, RIN 0955-AA01, is titled 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program. It can be found here. The rule focuses on implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act around certification requirements for EHR products, along with what does and does not constitute information blocking. Page count is 724 pages for the PDF version.

CMS’s rule, CMS-9115-P, is titled Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Interoperability and Patient Access for Medicare Advantage Organization and Medicare Managed Care Plans, State Medicaid Agencies, CHIP Agencies and CHIP Managed Care Entities, Issuers of Qualified Health Plans in the Federally-facilitated Exchanges and Health Care Providers. It can be found here. This proposed rule focuses on improving access to and quality of information for patients, while minimizing reporting burdens. Page count is 251 for the PDF version.

Formal comment deadlines will be set as soon as these are both published in the Federal Register (which should happen soon), but they are expected to have 60 day comment windows.

Questions? Please contact Mary Beth Kurilo, and watch for a follow-up email soon about AIRA’s comment timeline.


AIRA Letter and Comments on Healthy People 2030 Objectives 

The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion  is updating the Healthy People 2020 objectives, and sent out a draft of the Healthy People 2030 proposed objectives.

The Healthy People 2030 objectives remove all IIS-related objectives and AIRA and its members are deeply concerned that the proposed 2030 objectives will significantly minimize and weaken immunization related activities over the coming decade. Additionally, most of the immunization-related objectives have been eliminated.

AIRA’s comments advocate for adding the IIS-related objectives back into the 2030 proposed objectives. They were submitted on January 17, 2019. 


New Guide: Onboarding Consensus-Based Recommendations

AIRA is excited to announce that a new guide Onboarding Consensus-Based Recommendations is now published on the AIRA website. The purpose of the guide is to provide guidance for improving and standardizing onboarding with a specific focus on:

  • Standardizing the onboarding process across jurisdictions
  • Improving onboarding process efficiencies by streamlining activities and introducing appropriate support tools and technologies
  • Decreasing the overall number of providers waiting in queue and the amount of time providers spend in process from start to finish
  • Facilitating the transition of existing interfaces to align with current and future messaging and transport standards
  • Maximizing limited resources—time, money, and staff—for all onboarding partners
  • Improving stakeholder relations

A community-wide webinar to introduce the guide was held on February 11.  If you were unable to attend this session, a recording link can be found later in the week by using the “webinars” filter in the AIRA repository.  


AIRA 2019 National Meeting - Call for Abstracts, Registration and Award Nominations are open!

The call for abstracts, registration, and award nominations for the AIRA 2019 National Meeting is now open! Abstracts and award nominations are due by Sunday, February 24, 11:59 pm ET.

 Check out the National Meeting website to: 

  • Submit an abstract 
  • Register for the event 
  • Reserve your hotel room 
  • Submit an award nomination 
  • Learn about sponsorship opportunities


Data Quality Practices to Monitor and Evaluate Data at Rest 

AIRA is excited to announce that Data Quality Practices to Monitor and Evaluate Data at Rest is now available. The purpose of the guide is to provide practical guidance on techniques, methodologies, and processes for IIS to use in assessing the quality of data at rest.

The audience for the guide includes IIS managers and staff with responsibility for ensuring IIS data quality. This may include data quality specialists, data exchange staff, and/or interoperability or interface coordinators. Immunization program staff in positions that interact with the IIS data may also find the guide of interest.


Preparing for Vaccination Coverage Assessments: A VFC Provider's Guide to Success

A new quick-guide, Preparing for Vaccination Coverage Assessments: A VFC Provider's Guide to Success, is now available in the AIRA repository.

This quick-guide has been designed to help providers prepare for an upcoming VFC provider coverage assessment by leveraging pre-visit assessments, confirming active patient lists, and ensuring that records in the IIS are as accurate and complete as possible.

The document includes information on:

  • What gets assessed during a coverage assessment
  • How to prepare for a coverage assessment
  • Which everyday activities are helpful in having a successful coverage assessment

The quick-guide also includes a succinct Coverage Assessment Readiness Checklist.