HHS: HIEs crucial to value-based care

By Chris Nerney
11:09 AM

Improving healthcare through better data sharing is a critical element in the transition to value-based payment models, keynote speaker Alex Baker of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told attendees at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas on Monday.

Baker stressed the importance of health information exchange to value-based care in his opening keynote, "The Current Landscape and Future of Innovative Payment Models."

[See all of our HIMSS16 coverage right here.]

"I think a good framing point is the way the ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) and Health and Human Services think about interoperability and delivery, is they see delivery system reform as providing the business case for health information exchange," Baker said, according to Healthcare Finance News Associate Editor Susan Morse.

HHS and ONC have been pushing states and healthcare system stakeholders to improve delivery systems and information sharing. As part of that effort, ONC released an Interoperability Roadmap in January 2015 which set a goal of "a common set of electronic clinical information at the nationwide level by the end of 2017."

In addition, HHS has set a goal of having 30 percent of Medicare payments tied to quality or value through alternative payment models by the end of this year, with that figure rising to 50 percent by the end of 2018.

This link to Baker's session provides a detailed look into HHS's strategy for aligning with the healthcare private sector and states to drive delivery system reform.