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DirectTrust Gains ANSI Approval for ADT Event Notifications Data Standard

The event notifications data standard aims to help healthcare organizations comply with the new CMS rule on ADT notifications.

DirectTrust announced that the Event Notifications via the Direct Standard has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a national data standard.

DirectTrust developed Event Notifications via the Direct Standard to improve communication between hospitals and care teams and address the new CMS rule on Admissions, Discharges, and Transfers (ADT) notifications that went into place on May 1, 2021.

A DirectTrust consensus created an implementation guide that outlines how hospitals and health systems can use Direct Secure Messaging to send ADT notifications. The guide also highlights how primary care teams can prepare to handle inbound messages.

“We are excited ANSI has recognized Event Notifications via the Direct Standard as a national standard,” Scott Stuewe, DirectTrust president and CEO, said in a public statement.

“We view ANSI’s approval as a game-changer for how health care is delivered and believe it will go a long way toward improving the communication and coordination of care between hospitals and health systems and care teams,” he added.

Lisa Nelson, principal informaticist at MaxMD and an Event Notifications via Direct consensus body member, noted that the specification represents “the fast-track for organizations that need to meet new CMS conditions of participation requirement.”

“This specification provides detailed implementer guidance which enables ADT notifications to be delivered at scale via existing technology standards widely implemented throughout the industry,” said Nelson.

“It addresses every aspect of the quadruple aim, making it easier for providers to get admission and discharge information to help them deliver the right care at the right time to achieve better health outcomes for patients and avoid issues that drive up the cost of care,” added Nelson, who also serves as VP of business development at MaxMD.

ANSI approved the new standard ANSI/DS 2020-03-100-2022, Events Notification via the Direct Standard, on May 13, 2022.

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