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Despite Pushed Deadlines, Interoperability Remains a Priority

Due to the public health emergency posed by COVID-19, CMS has extended the implementation timeline for the ADT notification Conditions of Participation (CoP), one component of the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, by an additional six months. Initially, the final rule – displayed on the CMS website on March 9, 2020 – stated at the CoP would be effective six months after it is published in the Federal Register. However, CMS’s latest announcement has confirmed that the final rule will now be effective May 1, 2021 – 12 months following its publication in the Federal Register.

Though COVID-19 has made evident – more than ever before – the critical importance of interoperability, hospitals are on the front lines of this pandemic and understandably require additional flexibility to ensure compliance with these new mandates. Even with an extended implementation timeline for the ADT notification CoP, hospitals must still have policies and procedures in place by spring 2021. It is in hospitals’ best interests to prioritize interoperability once they have the capacity to do so.

CarePort recently announced its comprehensive interoperability solution to help hospitals comply with the new CoP as part of the final rule. To support interoperability requirements, CarePort delivers notifications to a national network of primary care physicians and post-acute providers on behalf of hospitals. Customizable patient event notifications incorporate clinical information to help manage the referral process and provide critical patient context. This actionable information ensures providers know how to best care for patients within specific settings.

With 40% of hospital discharges to post-acute providers in the US already flowing through the platform every year, CarePort serves as an intermediary connecting an established national network of thousands of hospitals with physicians and post-acute providers across the country. Fueled by robust data sources and integrated with leading EMRs, CarePort has visibility into the admission, discharge and transfer events across a network of 1,000 hospitals in 43 states, and processes 10 million patient events daily.

Stay tuned for more insights into the final rule and how CarePort can help acute and post-acute providers comply with these new CoPs. We are hosting an interoperability webinar on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:00pm ET, hosted by Ross Margulies and Jeremy Meisinger, associates from Foley Hoag, and Lissy Hu, M.D. and CarePort CEO and founder. Register here!

Learn more the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule here, and click here to contact CarePort for more information.

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