Electronic health-record system vendors are asking the CMS to roll back a proposed Medicare rule change that would require providers to report patient-level data for clinical quality improvement and rely on the reporting of aggregate quality data instead.
EHR vendors take aim at proposed patient-level data rule
The vendors, members of the Electronic Health Record Association, an affiliate of the Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, stated in a news release that the proposed rule for the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System should be reconsidered "based on the burden it would impose on provider organizations and other considerations."
Mark Segal, vice president of government and industry affairs for GE Healthcare IT, serves as a member of the executive committee for the EHRA. "Although we're supportive of many of the proposed changes," Segal said in the news release, "we have serious concerns about the complexity and overhead of reporting discrete patient-level data for quality measures, rather than summary data, as is the case today." He continued: "Other aspects of the proposed changes for 2012 make a lot of sense. For example, allowing eligible professionals to use either a qualified e-prescribing system or certified EHR technology for reporting helps physicians get value from their investments in health IT."
A copy of the EHRA's full statement to CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick is on the association's website, himssehra.org.
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