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September 18, 2015

ONC Launches Health IT Complaint Form

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) this week launched a web-based complaint form for providers and other electronic health record (EHR) users to share problems and complaints regarding health information technology (HIT) products. The tool is designed to ensure that challenges and complaints are referred to the appropriate individuals at ONC.

Providers are encouraged to share the problems they have encountered – including data blocking practices, inability to reliably share or receive information, general EHR usability, certified capabilities not performing as expected, safety concerns, among others. Each comment will be reviewed by ONC staff, who will look for ways to resolve the issue or initiate a dialogue between provider and vendor.

For additional information, you can view the official update from Deputy National Coordinator here.

ACOFP Urges Legislators to Fund Federal Health Workforce Programs

On September 17, the ACOFP and members of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators, urging robust federal funding levels for health profession workforce development programs for fiscal year 2016.

The letter focuses on the only federally-funded workforce development programs “to improve the supply, distribution, and diversity of the health professions workforce, with an emphasis on primary care and interdisciplinary training.” Osteopathic family physicians are integral to meeting our nation’s future health workforce needs in primary care, especially in rural and underserved areas, and it is critical to ensure that a strong pipeline of physicians will be ready to meet future demands.

ACOFP will continue to advocate for appropriate funding levels for federal health priorities and impress upon Congress the ongoing need to ensure that health programs recognize the invaluable role osteopathic family physicians serve in meeting the needs of a growing, aging, and increasingly diverse patient population.