On May 6, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management executives (CHIME) issued a formal response to a critique by six Republican U.S. senators of the meaningful use process under the HITECH Act. CHIME’s leaders called for a one-year extension of Stage 2 under meaningful use, arguing that such a move would “maximize the opportunity of program success.” CHIME’s Russ Branzell spoke first to Healthcare Informatics about this policy push.
Judy Murphy, R.N., deputy national coordinator for programs and policy at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, said criticisms of the EHR incentive program because it hasn’t yet led to widespread interoperability are misguided. Interoperability “is going to be a progression, a journey," she said.
The latest negative article finds that sales are up for EHR vendors who lobbied for the incentives, and it implies that increasing those sales and the salaries of its executives was the real purpose of the exercise.
February 11, 2013 Jeff Smith, Assistant Director of Advocacy at CHIME
Direction The federal Health IT Policy Committee met for their monthly meeting this past week in Washington and Meaningful Use Stage 3 was back on the agenda. In under a month, ONC staff culled through more than 500 comments submitted to the Policy Committee that underscored concerns regarding the timing of Stage 3, the growing list of competing priorities for providers and a feeling that more interoperability limitations needed to be addressed.
After hearing public comment on Feb. 6 that its proposals for Stage 3 may overwhelm vendors and providers still grappling with Stages 1 and 2, the Health IT Policy Committee’s Meaningful Use Work Group went back to the drawing board Feb. 8 to consider alternative approaches.
January 22, 2013 Jeff Smith, Assistant Director of Advocacy at CHIME
The Federal Health IT Policy Committee has been working for months on developing measures and objectives for Stage 3 Meaningful Use and in November they shared those thoughts with the wider health IT community of stakeholders for input. Recently, CHIME submitted a response to the HIT Policy Committee, urging caution about the assumed pace and practicality of those Stage 3 measures.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is calling on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), to delay implementation of meaningful use Stage 3 until 2017, the association said in a comment letter to ONC National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, M.D.
On Jan. 14, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) submitted formal comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in response to the release of the Health IT Policy Committee’s proposal for Stage 3 of meaningful use.
At the Jan. 8 Health IT Policy Committee meeting, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health IT, and Paul Tang, M.D., vice chair of the committee, outlined some priorities for the year ahead, including a glimpse of what Stage 4 of meaningful use might address.
Happy New Year! In this Healthcare Informatics podcast, Jason Fortin, senior advisor at Impact Advisors, talks about Stage 2 of meaningful use. Fortin discusses talks about what should be at the top of providers’ checklist when it comes to stage 2 at the beginning of the year.