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Understanding the CMS and ONC Interoperability Rules for Payers

On March 9, 2020, two rules were issued by CMS and ONC to implement interoperability and patient access provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). We’ve dug into the rules extensively to put together the key points health plans need to know, so you can begin preparing ...
by Jill Dornan  |  April 21, 2020

Sharing Insights on How to Build a Great Data Team

Regardless of whether you choose to leverage a full stack data scientist, an embedded or centralized team or try a No-DS model, it will be important to think critically about the your company, your vision and goals for data, and how your data team is structured for success.
by Keith Lomurray  |  April 9, 2020

How Health Plans Can Prepare for FHIR Provider Directory Interoperability

CMS and ONC recently finalized rules around interoperability that require qualified health plans to publicly expose a provider directory API and to allow members to access their claims and clinical information through a Patient Access API by 2021. These are our tips for getting started.
by Keith Lomurray  |  March 31, 2020

COVID-19: Health Plans Step Up to Increase Support in Midst of Pandemic

As this situation continues to evolve, the opportunities for health plans to more deeply engage with and support their members is bigger than ever. I’m optimistic that all the great work being done will not only improve crisis response in the future but will compound to deliver more value and ...
by Mark Menton  |  March 24, 2020

New Research Reveals What Health Plan Members Think About Shopping Incentive Programs

Health care rewards and shopping incentive programs are picking up steam as vehicles to educate consumers about the significant cost variations of health care and to nudge them to make cost-saving choices.  
by Heather Burton  |  March 17, 2020

What You Need to Know About Interoperability

Interoperability is about standardizing health care data, making it safely and securely available to patients and their providers and encouraging innovation to flourish in the health care industry. While adoption is slowly occurring in some segments, it is also being supported by the federal government with new rules which require covered ...
by Daryl Galant  |  March 9, 2020

Client Summit 2020 Wrap-Up: Refresh & Reimagine Health Care

As is often the case, the discussions at this year’s Client Summit reinforced for me that HealthSparq is not only on track to deliver what’s next in health care, but is ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding what members are looking for and what will best meet ...
by Mark Menton  |  February 27, 2020

All About Transparency: Revealing the Most Popular Cost Searches of 2019

With millions of searches for health care cost estimates taking place with HealthSparq each year, we’re always excited to see which services people search for most. This not only helps us best understand our users’ needs but gives us insight into the overall state of health care shopping and consumers’ ...
by Anna Greene  |  February 19, 2020

Revisiting My 2019 Health Care Predictions

At the beginning of 2019, I made several predictions about which trends in health care industry would come to fruition during the year. Let’s take a look back and see how well my predictions held up.
by Matt Parker  |  January 14, 2020