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HHS Takes 'Time Out' on Meaningful Use Stage Three Rule-making
Agency Seeks Input on How to Accelerate EHR Adoption
By News Staff
To that end, HHS is seeking input on potential options to accelerate the existing progress of EHR adoption throughout the U.S. health care system. The agency is asking for outside comment on its ideas and also invites physicians and other stakeholders to offer additional options that they think can be effective in meeting the agency's goals.
Specifically, HHS details policies and programs it is considering that deal with the development of health information technology and EHRs that would address the current
- low rates of EHR adoption and use of health information exchanges (HIEs) among post-acute and long-term care professionals,
- low usage of HIEs across settings of health care and health care professionals, and
- low levels of consumer and patient engagement.
In its request for information, HHS also lists questions on which CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) are soliciting comments. Family physicians likely have strong opinions on some of the topics. For example, federal authorities ask for physician input on
- what changes in payment policy would most affect the electronic exchange of health information;
- the extent to which current CMS payment policies encourage or impede the exchange of electronic information across health care provider organizations;
- how HHS' EHR incentive programs could best facilitate the creation of health care provider "directories" that would support the exchange of health information among participating physicians;
- ways to efficiently test, evaluate and scale payment- and service-delivery models to accelerate standards-based electronic exchange of health information;
- the policies and programs that HHS and ONC should continue, refine or develop to maximize patients' access to their health information and engagement in their health care; and
- specific HHS policy changes that would escalate the electronic exchange of lab results.
'Time Out' on Meaningful Use Stage Three Rule-making