Session ID: 

Enabling Data Interoperability Across the Continuum of Care

8:30am - 9:30am Wednesday, February 13
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


The Data Element Library (DEL) is a new public resource for CMS’ required long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) assessment instrument data elements and their related health information and technology standards to help facilitate health information exchange and EHR interoperability. Integrating these assessment data elements into EHRs allows health information to flow more easily across the continuum of care and be used by healthcare providers, patients and residents and their caregivers. A demonstration of the DEL application will show how providers, vendors, researchers and other stakeholders can search the electronic database and generate reports on CMS assessment contents, including questions, responses, relevant attributes and, importantly, their associated health information and technology standards. Strategies, use cases and pilots using emerging FHIR standard will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Define the goals of standardized CMS assessment content mapped to HIT vocabularies and exchange standards
  • Describe the CMS approach for development and implementation of the CMS Data Element Library
  • Describe how various users can utilize CMS DEL functionality including search and reports
  • Discuss the strategies and use cases that show how assessment content can be re-used to support discharge planning, quality improvement and reduce burden through interoperable health information exchange
  • Discuss how the emerging FHIR standard can be used to enable exchange among providers and with patients and their caregivers


Nurse Consultant,
LTPAC Coordinator,
Office of the National Coordinator For Health IT


Clinical Informaticists
IT Professional