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Mostashari: Health IT, ACO goals align

By Joseph Conn
Posted: April 4, 2011 - 3:45 pm ET

The CMS' new proposed regulation for accountable care organizations shows that "health IT tools are an essential foundation to support the kinds of coordinated, patient-centered and accountable care envisioned by the ACO program," according to Dr. Farzad Mostashari, deputy national coordinator for programs and policy at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS.

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Last week, the CMS uncorked 429 pages of would-be ACO rules that were chock-a-block with direct and indirect references to health IT.

The goals of ACOs "are closely aligned" with those of the Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive programs created via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Mostashari said in a post on the ONC's Health IT Buzz blog.

"In the proposed rule, 50% of the primary-care providers of accountable care organizations need to be meaningful users by the second year of the ACO contract," Mostashari said. "CMS is also seeking comment on a similar requirement for hospitals in the proposed rule."

Watch Modern Healthcare reporter Joseph Conn's interview with Farzad Mostashari from the 2011 HIMSS annual conference and exhibition.

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