CHIME weighs in on CMS meaningful use requirements

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has become the latest organization to offer suggestions on how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) should revise its meaningful use medical informatics usage incentive program, reports Information Week.

Officials at CHIME claim healthcare providers require more time to demonstrate meaningful use of clinical informatics systems during stage two of the CMS’ federal financial incentive program. Other suggestions for the initiative outlined by CHIME include revising the language of reporting requirements to be more clear and lowering of the thresholds necessary for hospitals and physicians to meet stage two of the program.

CHIME also recommended that the introduction of a 90-day reporting period would enable more care providers to demonstrate meaningful use of medical informatics systems. Some healthcare IT experts have expressed concern over hospitals’ capability to attest to stage two of the program in light of continued technological advances in the clinical informatics space.

“Even in the best-case scenario, we are unconvinced that newly certified technologies would be widely available before January 2013 – this leaves 9 months to a year for more than 100,000 providers to adopt, implement and use new technology,” Jeffery Smith, CHIME’s assistant director of advocacy, told the news source.

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, officials at CHIME also expressed concerns over certain reporting requirements, specifically those relating to ambulatory and inpatient care environments.

The news source reported that the list of requirements for healthcare providers operating in these areas is relatively small in comparison to other clinical care facilities, leaving eligible providers with few options for successfully attesting to stage two meaningful use of clinical informatics systems.

In a letter to the CMS, CHIME stated that the restrictions faced by ambulatory and inpatient care providers could have significant cost implications if the 42 core requirements outlined in stage two are not addressed.

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