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SnapShots: March 2019

We’re happy to announce the March edition of SnapShots is available. This edition features an encouraging update from Philadelphia and Delaware about how they’ve been able to successfully exchange immunization information, an exciting reminder/recall project in Georgia that has helped increase HPV rates, important updates from CDC on IQIP and the Community of Practice for improving provider IIS participation, and more. We hope you enjoy reading these success stories from across the IIS community.

SnapShots is AIRA’s quarterly newsletter that highlights the progress, best practices, and accomplishments of IIS. We accept articles on a rolling basis and would love to hear from you! Please email SnapShots Editor Katie Reed with any articles or ideas for future articles.


Your Input Needed on New Proposed Rules 

As you may have heard, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released two new Notices of Proposed Rule Making (NPRMs) for comment in February. The rules have not yet been officially published in the Federal Register, but publication is expected on Monday, April 4.

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 hereThe rule focuses on implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act concerning certification requirements for electronic health record (EHR) products, along with what does and does not constitute information blocking.

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.

Following publication in the Federal Register, both rules are expected to have 60-day comment windows, anticipated to close on May 3. AIRA has put together a schedule to gather comments:

  • February 13, 2019 Comments (unpublished) shared with the AIRA community
  • March 4, 2019: Publication anticipated in the Federal Register
  • March 29, 2019: Due date for comments requested from AIRA community (please send to Brittany Gyer)
  • April 8, 2019, 3 p.m. ET (tentative): Town hall to review comments and discuss rule
  • April 10, 2019: Draft comments shared with AIRA community
  • April 17, 2019: Edits on draft comments returned to AIRA
  • April 22, 2019: Final comments shared with AIRA community members to leverage in submitting their own jurisdictional comments
  • May 3, 2019: All comments due to CMS and ONC

Reminder: Please submit all comments to Brittany Gyer. Questions on the NPRMs or the process? Please contact Mary Beth Kurilo. Thank you for ensuring the IIS voice is heard!


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

AIRA’s 2019 National Meeting will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 13-15, 2019.

The deadline for submitting an AIRA award nomination has been extended to March 31 at 11:59 pm ET. Please take this opportunity to honor the people within the IIS community for their hard work!

Check out the National Meeting website for more information.


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.