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CHIME Issues Comments on EHR Incentive Program
Date:2/27/2010

HIT functionality measures included in the proposed regulations. The organization seeks the elimination of administrative measures, such as EHRs producing metrics on automated claims submissions and insurance eligibility. CHIME also is making recommendations regarding computerized provider order entry, medication reconciliation, data submission to public health agencies and HIT functionality data submissions.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based organization is seeking:

 
  • Reconsideration of the hospital-based professional provisions of the regulations that exclude some hospital based ambulatory clinics from participating in the program.
  • Clarification of certification guidelines for EHR systems, given that “the vast majority of EHR systems are not one product but instead incorporate different systems from multiple vendors.”
  • Further explanation on how the EHR Incentive Program will be administered.
  • Review of provisions regarding health information exchange, and a recommendation to develop and widely use a national patient identifier.
  • Reassessment of impact analyses that “seriously underestimate the total cost of ownership for these systems, and overstate the amount of incentive payments in aggregate that will be paid if the proposed rules are implemented.”

An executive summary of CHIME’s comments on the regulations can be found at:
http://cio-chime.org/advocacy/CHIME_Exec_Sum_Feb23.pdf

To view CHIME’s letter to the CMS in its
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