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Recap of Recent Federal HIT Policy Developments: Part 7

On November 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule for 2012.  The final rule includes a change to the EHR Incentive Program that allows reporting via attestation for the clinical quality measures (CQMs) through 2012, as opposed to requiring electronic reporting of the CQMs in 2012.  The rule also establishes a pilot program for electronic reporting of the CQMs for the EHR Incentive Program and Physician Quality Reporting System.

Last week, Dr. Donald Berwick (CMS Administrator) announced December 2 as the date of his long-expected resignation.  Dr. Berwick was appointed by the President during a Congressional recess, which meant that barring a re-nomination (which he was) and a Senate confirmation (which he was not), his term would expire at the end of 2011.

Also last week, the President announced his intent to nominate Marilyn Tavenner, the CMS Principal Deputy Administrator, to be the next CMS Administrator.  Tavenner will need to go through the traditional confirmation process; however, her selection is viewed as relatively noncontroversial by many policymakers.

On November 25, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) published its final rule to provide clarity regarding the conduct and responsibilities of the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) in the Permanent Certification Program regulatory paradigm.

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