December 3, 2020

Around the nation: HHS announces new standard for documenting patients' addresses

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    HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is launching a new project aimed at developing an industrywide data standard for documenting patients' addresses, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and Tennessee.

    • California: Sutter Heath Plus, Sutter Health's nonprofit insurance plan, has announced that Brian Fellner is no longer serving as the plan's CEO. According to Sy Neilson, a spokesperson for Sutter Health Plus, Fellner left the company to take an executive position with another health care company's plan in a different state. Fellner had served as Sutter Health Plus' CEO since 2018, and he had previously served as Sutter Health Plus' CFO (Alvarez, Sacramento Business Journal, 11/30).
    • District of Columbia: HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on Tuesday announced a new project, called Project US@, that's aimed at developing an industrywide data standard for documenting patients' addresses. Steve Posnack, ONC's deputy national coordinator for health IT, in a blog post, wrote that patient addresses are "often one of the key elements used for the purposes of patient matching and linking records," and that Project US@ "is reflective of how subtle improvements in health IT can have a big impact when implemented at a national scale." ONC said it plans to issue a new data standard for documenting patient addresses in 2021 (Kim Cohen, Modern Healthcare, 12/1).
    • Tennessee: The Tennessee Department of Education has announced that the state's mental health hotline, which the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services set up by in May for health care workers and first responders, is extending its support to teachers. The hotline provides confidential support from trained mental health professionals for people experiencing stress and anxiety as a result of America's novel coronavirus epidemic, at no cost to users (Associated Press, 12/2).

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