Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health IT, urged healthcare providers to adopt clinical informatics systems at the Medical Group Management Association’s conference in Las Vegas earlier this week, according to Healthcare IT News.
Mostashari advised conference attendees that now is the ideal time to implement medical informatics systems, and said that doing so now would eliminate potential complications that may arise from the impending transition to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th revision, also known as ICD-10.
He added that the sooner healthcare providers implement clinical informatics networks in their practices, the sooner they can begin attesting their eligibility for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) meaningful use federal financial incentives.
“There’s not a big, bad wolf at the door,” Mostashari said, as quoted by Chart Logic News. “There’s this frankly largely unproductive anxiety out there right now. Is three years from now going to be a better time?”
As the number of healthcare providers adopting medical informatics systems has risen, so too have the efforts to effectively regulate the emerging industry. Some providers and care organizations have expressed concerns about the transtition to ICD-10 amid existing pressure to attest to meaningful use of clinical informatics systems, adherance to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, and ensuring Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance.
Mostashari assured the audience during the conference that attesting to meaningful use criteria is a “pretty good checklist” for working towards Accountable Care Organization status. He added that there should be a degree of overlap between various healthcare IT project objectives, and that if such overlap occurs, projects can be considered to be progressing satisfactorily.