HIMSS to Slavitt: CMS should immediately finalize 90-day reporting
Urging the federal government to ease reporting requirements for healthcare providers, HIMSS on Thursday sent a letter to Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), recommending his agency quickly finalize a 90-day meaningful use reporting period for this calendar year.
The non-profit organization, which advocates for the use of information technology to transform healthcare, wrote the letter in response to CMS’s proposed rule issued last month for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs.
HIMSS said it was important that hospitals and physicians are able to focus on data sharing and interoperability to ensure the flexibility of meaningful use.
In its proposed rule, CMS recommended a 90-day EHR reporting period for all eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals in 2016. The EHR reporting period would be any continuous 90-day period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
HIMSS said it also supports another CMS proposal calling for a one-time hardship exception from the agency’s 2018 payment adjustment for 1) eligible professionals new to the EHR Incentive Program next year, and 2) practices that will switch next year to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) outlined in MACRA.
The healthcare IT advocacy group also said CMS should work to eliminate the need for multiple reports from IT systems to satisfy the requirements of both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs with those of MIPS.
“Such a change will assist the program simplification CMS is seeking to achieve,” HIMSS Board Chair Michael Zaroukian, MD, and CEO H. Stephen Lieber, wrote to Slavitt.