National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

Standards Subcommittee Listening Session

Listening Session on Healthcare Standards Development, Adoption and Implementation

August 25, 2021

Virtual Meeting



Meeting Recording


Time Panel Participants
10:00 a.m. Welcome, Call to Order Rebecca Hines
Executive Secretary/Designated Federal Officer
10:10 a.m. Opening Remarks/Agenda Review Rich Landen and Denise Love, Co-chairs
Subcommittee on Standards
10:20 a.m. Overview of Federal Health Information Standards Convergence Landscape Rich Landen, Project Lead for Convergence Project
Aaron Miri, Co-chair, ONC HITAC
10:40 a.m. PANEL 1: Lessons Learned from National Standards Coordination (Functions and Processes)


Purpose: Explore examples of successful development and implementation models for harmonized sector-wide data standardization for health care and other sectors.

Moderator: Jamie Ferguson Subcommittee on Standards, NCVHS

ANSI: Fran Schrotter
ANAB: Lane Hallenbeck
FDA: Scott Colburn
RTI: Daniel Vreeman

11:30 a.m. PANEL 2: Information exchange and HIPAA – present day challenges and future opportunities


Purpose: Obtain input on how the HIPAA-regulated transactions, code sets and operating rules fit within today’s business needs and use cases, and if there are unmet business needs that could be fulfilled with alternative electronic exchanges. Identify opportunities for new and emerging standards to be adopted that could reduce end-user burden, improve timeliness of updates, and mitigate update implementation costs?

Moderator: Tammy Banks Subcommittee on Standards, NCVHS

CMS/National Standards Group: Dan Kalwa
AMA: Heather McComas
HL7: Chuck Jaffe
Da Vinci: Jocelyn Keegan
Cambia: Kirk Anderson
X12: Cathy Sheppard
BCBSA: Gail Kocher
Cooperative Exchange: Crystal Ewing
WEDI: Nancy Spector

1:20 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. PANEL 3: Semantic Harmonization of Standards


Purpose: Discuss opportunities for improving interoperability between clinical and administrative standards and code sets, for example, should standards all map to SNOMED? Obtain input about nationally standardized cross maps that could be referenced for certain use cases. How does industry ensure information is conveyed accurately?

Moderator: Jim Cimino
Subcommittee on Standards, NCVHS 

Kaiser Permanente: Jeff Swanson
HHS/ONC: Matthew Rahn
HL7: Wayne Kubick
NIH/NLM: Clem McDonald
AMA: Jay Ahlman
SNOMED: Jim Case

3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. PANEL 4: Update on national and HHS initiatives on Public Health Data Systems and Social Determinants of Health


Purpose: Provide insight for potential recommendations from NCVHS to other bodies regarding the exchange of health information for public health, vital statistics, SDoH, social services and APIs.

Moderators: Denise Love, Subcommittee on Standards & Denise Chrysler, Subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality & Security, NCVHS


UCLA/NCVHS Member: Vickie Mays
CMS: LaShawn McIver
CSTE and ONC PHDS Task Force Co-chair: Janet Hamilton
NAPHSIS: Shawna Webster
Gravity Project: Evelyn Gallego

5:00 p.m. NCVHS Standards Subcommittee Discussion
Discussion of key takeaways from the listening session and identification of topics or issues for further analysis. Capture highlights of the day.
Subcommittee and NCVHS members
5:15 p.m. Public Comment Rebecca Hines
Executive Secretary/DFO
5:20 p.m. Closing Remarks and Adjournment Rich Landen and Denise Love
Co-chairs, Subcommittee on Standards


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