On Thursday, the federal government introduced a new tool focused on giving skilled nursing a better database to exchange records between other members of the healthcare value chain.
Dubbed “Data Element Library,” (DEL) it is a “free, centralized resource” that allows the public to see and collect information and specific data The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires from nursing homes to give a better health assessment of patients, according to a CMS press release.
The database also includes health information technology standards.
In an announcement, CMS stated:
“Integrating these data elements into EHRs will ultimately allow health information to flow more easily from one provider to another. For example, when a patient moves from a rehabilitation hospital to a skilled nursing facility, then from that facility to home under the care of a home health agency, the transfer of the patient’s health record from one facility to the next will be much easier because they are all ‘speaking the same language.’”
Click here for the CMS press release.
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