Healthcare Compliance Newsletter – Winter 2019 Issue

Healthcare Compliance Newsletter – Winter 2019 Issue 600 444 Drummond Group

Welcome to the winter issue of Drummond’s healthcare compliance services newsletter. As 2019 comes to a close, there are many things to reflect on and the Drummond team is so thankful to you for being a part of it. We also have some exciting new initiatives that we are working on in 2020, so stay tuned!

In this issue:

  1. New Electronic Clinical Quality Measure for 2020
  2. E-prescribing of Controlled Substances Review Required for NCPDP 201701 Implementers
  3. Reminder: Testing to new CMS Measures (EC and EH) Available
  4. Protecting Health Information with Comprehensive Risk Assessments
  5. Introducing the Healthcare Interoperability Hub
  6. Drummond Healthcare Customer Portal
  7. 21st Century Cures Act: Potential Changes Coming

New  Electronic Clinical Quality Measure for 2020 (EP and EC)

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a newly finalized eCQM for the 2020 performance period:

CMS771v1: International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) or American Urological Association-Symptom Index (AUA-SI) Change 6-12 Months After Diagnosis of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Drummond testing is available for this new eCQM. When registering online, select service option “Adding certified capabilities.” For a full list of new measures, see Appendix 1: Finalized MIPS Quality Measures of the CY 2020 PFS Final Rule.

Click here to register.

DEA EPCS Audit for NCPDP 2017071 Implementers and 3rd Party EPCS Integrators

Have you updated your e-prescribing module to NCPDP 201071? If not, this may have a negative impact on your clients as CMS requires all certified health products supporting e-prescribing to implement to the updated standard (NCPDP 2017071) by Jan. 1, 2020. 
In addition, for developers who support e-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), the DEA requires an EPCS re-audit as this update constitutes a change in the code and must be reviewed. This requirement also applies to both standalone e-prescribing applications and developers who integrate a third-party EPCS service provider such as Dr. First, DoseSpot, MDToolBox, or NewCrop.  Please contact for more information on DEA EPCS Audits for any EPCS services that you have integrated into your EHR.
The People of Drummond believe delivering comprehensive and quality service to our clients is of the utmost importance. Work with Drummond for your health IT and EPCS certifications. For more information, see our guidance document, that outlines the process, or contact us for questions.

Important Reminder: Testing to new CMS Measures (EC and EH) Available

The ONC recently released test procedures to align with CMS Medicare measure updates. Support Referral Loop by Receiving and Incorporating is a required 2019 measure that requires testing and certification. Developers are encouraged to certify by the end of this year in order for eligible clinicians (EC) and eligible hospitals (EH/CAH) to attest under the 2019 Medicare program. For questions, please see our webinar, or contact us at
There’s a limited amount of days available to test and achieve a health IT certification in 2019, so that’s why we’ve added dates to help our customers get certified before the end of the year. Whether you need to test new criteria under the 2015 edition, or would like to add new CMS measures, we encourage you to register now to take advantage of our technical support and dedicated test proctors. 

Click here to register.

Protecting Health Information with Comprehensive Risk Assessments

Healthcare risk assessments are not only required by regulatory compliance, but they also help organizations evaluate their security measures and are essential in mitigating risks. With the increase in litigation and shifting regulations requiring organizations to implement policies and controls to safeguard electronic protected health information (ePHI), organizations of all sizes should be performing regular risk assessments to prevent security breaches.

Drummond offers risk assessment services that go beyond the ONC certification requirements. These assessments can help:

  • Evaluate business and operational risks,
  • Ensure regulatory compliance
  • Understand overall risk exposure to your company and to your customers, and
  • Provide gap analysis and recommend solutions.

We also utilize additional technical services that complement your comprehensive healthcare risk assessment ensuring all threat possibilities are identified. Our depth of expertise and wealth of industry knowledge enable us to provide comprehensive assessments and services that are efficient and cost-effective.

For more information on how to protect your organization, contact us or view this overview of our risk assessment services.

Introducing Drummond’s Healthcare Interoperability Hub

Our new Healthcare Interoperability Hub (“the Hub”) is a web-based platform designed as part of Drummond’s Certified Health IT Surveillance Capacity and Infrastructure Improvement Cooperative Agreement with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). The Hub is an easy to use testing tool designed for all users of healthcare IT — from end users in a healthcare setting, support IT staff role to EHR and software developers, as well as for ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACB). Use cases to support testing Direct Messaging and/or FHIR “apps” for compliance complete with feedback and helpful resources will be available this January.

For more details, check out this video demonstrating this exciting new solution! If you have any questions regarding the Healthcare Interoperability Hub please contact John Valutkevich, Interoperability Program Director in the HCS Team. 

Do you have a stake in healthcare #interoperability? We’d love to hear your thoughts that will help us improve interoperability and it only takes a few moments to fill out the Interoperability survey.

Drummond Healthcare Customer Portal

Having the trusted Drummond certified seal gets you more than a CHPL listing, it also provides access to our customer portal. Our portal allows you to view valuable testing materials, connect with your dedicated proctor, stay current with regulations, report your quarterly attestation, get certification notifications, and much more. And as part of Drummond’s initiative to enhance this process we’ll soon be adding a user-friendly way to register, update your ONC CHPL listing, and submit changes to your certified products.
If you haven’t accessed the portal yet, click here. Need help accessing the portal, contact us at

Potential Changes to the 2015 Edition

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT introduced some changes this fall. If you have not reviewed the potential changes as part of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for 21st Century Cures, we suggest referencing it here. You may also access Drummond’s recent webinar, “ONC Health IT Updates for Certified Developers,” which discusses some potential changes for the ONC 2015 edition Health IT Certification Program. Once the final rule is released, Drummond will schedule a new webinar focused on summarizing impacts to testing and certification. Details will be shared with clients soon after the final rule’s official release.  

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