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CHIME Voices Concerns About Proposed ARRA Regulations
Date:1/8/2010

Reporting, product certification and implementation deadlines represent major concerns that could affect efforts to effectively implement electronic health records under recently proposed federal regulations, according to The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Ann Arbor, MI (Vocus) -- Reporting, product certification and implementation deadlines represent major concerns that could affect efforts to effectively implement electronic health records under recently proposed federal regulations, according to The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

CHIME is beginning an intensive review of provisions of the recently released regulations to implement healthcare information technology provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). However, at first glance, several provisions within the regulations merit closer scrutiny and will pose significant challenges for providers hoping to implement electronic health records.

“The nation’s providers definitely need federal stimulus funding to offset the cost of implementing these systems,” said Tim Stettheimer, chair of CHIME’s board, and Regional CIO for Ascension Health and a Senior Vice President and CIO at St. Vincent's Health System. “But it’s important for the regulations to help hospitals in their efforts to succeed, rather than serve as impediments to success.”

The regulations face a 60-day comment period and, after review, changes are expected to be made before they become final. They will provide significant guidance for hospitals and their IT departments in the coming months, and they represent an important step along the path of digitizing patients’ healthcare records, and improving the efficiency and safety of the American healthcare system.

CHIME’s initial analysis of the pro
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