Bipartisan Health IT Bill Would Bolster Efforts to Achieve Meaningful Use
Statement by CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO on introduction of the Flexibility in EHR Reporting Act of 2016
ANN ARBOR, MI, April 20, 2016 –
“The Flexibility in EHR Reporting Act represents a sensible approach to modifying the Meaningful Use program by granting healthcare providers much-needed flexibility without compromising the goal of further digitizing healthcare. We are especially encouraged that both the Senate and House bills have bipartisan support. There’s growing acknowledgement across the industry that a 90-day reporting period for Meaningful Use, rather than the current 365-day construct, is a more reasoned approach to public policy.
“Healthcare providers are firmly committed to the goals of the Meaningful Use program and to using information technology to transform the delivery system. However, providers face significant changes to the Meaningful Use program once the federal government issues final rules under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. A 90-day reporting period would allow providers to adjust to the new regulatory environment all the while continuing to find innovate ways of using health IT to improve care processes and workflows.”
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Director of Communications and Public Relations, CHIME