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FAH, Stakeholders Push for Meaningful Use Changes

August 23, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: HIT

The Federation of American Hospitals signed a letter with 20 other stakeholder groups urging CMS to move from a full-year reporting period for the Meaningful Use program to 90 days for 2016.

The change is included in the recently published proposed Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment rule, but in the letter sent to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt on Monday morning the groups urged the agency to act “as soon as possible.”

“Our organizations and members are dedicated to transforming the delivery system and improving care for patients across the nation. Finalizing the proposal for a 90-day reporting period in 2016 will support continued momentum towards the goals of enhanced care coordination and meaningful health information exchange.”

CMS granted a 90-day reporting period in 2015, but it happened so late in the process that many providers weren’t able to take advantage of the additional flexibility and instead had to rely on hardship exemptions. Stakeholders would like to see the 90-day reporting period become permanent so that doesn’t happen again

Groups signing the letter included:

  • American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology
  • American Academy of Dermatology Association
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
  • Cardiology Advocacy Alliance
  • Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations
  • College of Healthcare Information Management Executives
  • Federation of American Hospitals
  • Heart Rhythm Society
  • Medical Group Management Association
  • National Association of Community Health Centers
  • North American Spine Society
  • United Surgical Partners International