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CMS, ONC request feedback on health IT quality reporting measures

Physician Practice Insider, January 12, 2016

CMS and ONC are seeking comments from providers and vendors on several health IT certification issues, specifically EHRs used for reporting some CMS quality reporting programs. These programs include the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). CMS is also requesting input on how often recertification should be required, ways to improve testing of certified Health IT Modules, and the number of clinical quality measures a Health IT Module should be required to certify.

This Request for Information (RFI), Certification Frequency and Requirements for the Reporting of Quality Measures under CMS Programs, is part of the agency’s efforts to improve overall healthcare delivery, according to CMS’ statement. Health IT is key to improving patient care, quality measurements, timely access to more detailed clinical data, and reducing the burden of data reporting for providers, CMS says. However, the agency acknowledges that the processes and requirements governing health IT and its role in data reporting need to be improved. Feedback gathered through this RFI will help guide CMS and ONC when they consider what elements are needed for certification and testing policies and other health IT policies. CMS will use this information in its upcoming rulemaking process for quality programs.

The information collected through this RFI can also help create policies that will reduce provider reporting burden, CMS says. Streamlining the process and reducing reporting burden are part of developing overall improvement policies and increasing the delivery of quality care, CMS says.
The RFI is open for 30 days, beginning December 31, 2015. Comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern, February 1, 2016.

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