Politico quoted Mari Savickis, CHIME’s vice president, federal affairs, about the possible passage of bills that affect meaningful use and telehealth. “We are extremely supportive and have championed each,” she said. Politico and FierceHealthcare also cited CHIME’s letters to the FDA on clinical decision support software.
Politico, Becker’s Hospital Review, HealthcareInformatics called out CHIME’s recommendation to the FCC to consider doubling funding for rural healthcare and to focus on areas affected by the opioid epidemic on Feb. 6. CHIME sent a comment letter to the FCC on Feb. 2.
FierceHealthcare reported on the inaugural meeting of the CHIME Opioid Task Force in an article published on Feb. 1. The article cited co-chair Jim Turnbull: “We need to empower and assist the healthcare community and help them see that there are pathways to success. …CHIME members have the data and skills to illuminate what has worked and what hasn’t.” HealthITAnalytics, Healthcare Informatics and Becker’s Health IT and CIO Review also published articles about the initiative.
Politico spoke with CHIME Board Chair Cletis Earle about an information blocking tool designed to protect patients. The article was published on Jan. 12.
Associations Now featured CHIME Innovator of the Year Award winner Fernando Martinez in an article on the Texas Hospital Association’s “Smart Ribbon” analytic dashboard. The Jan. 12 feature cited CHIME, noting that “the healthcare industry has taken notice of the idea’s potential.”
Politico highlighted CHIME’s concerns in comments sent to CMS about the Quality Payment Program. “Among other complaints – alternative payment models too complicated, clinical measures too byzantine – one that caught our eye concerned data blocking and the agency’s requirement that providers attest that they aren’t engaging in the practice: the authors are concerned about Direct addresses,” they wrote on Jan. 3.
Modern Healthcare noted challenges reiterated by CHIME about the use of 2015 certified EHRs under the Quality Payment Program in an article published on Dec. 30. CMS decided to not penalize clinicians who stay with the 2014 edition in 2018 but the agency will pay bonuses only to those who use the 2015 edition.
Healthcare IT News cited results from a telehealth survey conducted by CHIME and KLAS and quoted CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell in a Dec. 27 article about Geisinger’s telehealth program.
Leslie Krigstein, CHIME’s vice president of congressional affairs, pointed out that the Meaningful Use program is still in place in a Modern Healthcare article on delayed requirements for using 2015 certified EHR technology. The article was published on Dec. 26.
HealthsystemCIO.com managing editor Kate Gamble, in a Dec. 7 column that explores the need to honor women in healthcare IT, shares her experiences as an attendee at Women of CHIME events at the 2017 CHIME CIO Fall Forum. “I walked away with several new contacts, as well as a renewed appreciation for those who paved the way, and a resolve to help smooth the road for future leaders,” she wrote.