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ACR Meets with National Coordinator for HIT and CMS

On October 12, American College of Radiology IT and Informatics Committee leaders and staff met with Dr. Farzad Mostashari (National Coordinator for HIT), Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) staff, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) staff to discuss the EHR Incentive Program, or “meaningful use” (MU). The meeting was a follow-up to ACR’s involvement in the May 13 ONC HIT Policy Committee-MU Workgroup hearing on “MU and Specialists.”

The ACR reiterated its prior requests for:

  • Sharing/accessing imaging data as part of MU.
  • Robust radiology order entry requirements for referring physicians with appropriateness clinical decision support.
  • Addressing MU challenges within the radiology community and other specialties.

In terms of the challenges, ACR discussed:

  • Lack of direct clinical relevance of the functional MU measures;
  • Issues faced by many hospital-located practices in terms of working with hospitals on compliance in the eligible professional version of the program (technology/data access);
  • Need relief for those without any control over technology availability;
  • Inflexible comprehensiveness requirement for “certified EHR technology” via a combination of EHR Modules; and,
  • Lack of imaging informatics awareness on ONC’s advisory committees and workgroups.
ACR again offered its assistance to ONC and CMS on improving the requirements of the EHR Incentive Program.
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Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

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