The ability to exchange patient assessment information will require LTPAC providers to use the standardized exchange formats that are widely accepted by the industry. Lantana Consulting Group was engaged to recommended and develop technical tools to support the exchange of interoperable MDS and OASIS assessment content. There are two primary exchange formats recommended for the MDS and OASIS:
Health Level 7 Clinical Document Architecture (HL7 CDA) is a standard that allows clinical documents and its content to be exchanged.
Health Level 7 Continuity of Care Document (HL7 CCD) is a form of the CDA standard that is focused on the most relevant administrative, demographic, and clinical information about a patient. It is based on the American Society for Testing and Materials E2369-05 Standard Specification for Continuity of Care Record and provides a means for one health care provider to summarize patient data and forward it to another provider to support continuity of care.
To enable the interoperable exchange of assessment instruments, Lantana Consulting Group facilitated the development and balloting of a new HL7 CDA standard for assessment instruments (HL7 Implementation Guide for CDA Release 2: CDA Framework for Questionnaire Assessments, Release 1 standard29). This implementation guide highlights the application of this standard to the MDS 3.0 as an example.
To ensure providers and vendors are able to properly convert and validate non-interoperable MDS 3.0 to an interoperable format consistent with the HL7 CDA implementation guide for Patient Assessments, Lantana developed technical tools focusing on the MDS 3.0.
Lantana Consulting Group provided guidance on using the CCD exchange format for summary records. Although technical tools were not developed under this study, the work is being advanced by the Keystone Beacon Community and under the S&I Framework Longitudinal Coordination of Care Patient Assessment Summary Document Sub-Workgroup (see Advancing the Technical Infrastructure through the S&I Framework for more information on the initiative).
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