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Busy Week: Federal HIT Policy Review

On May 14, the American College of Radiology (ACR) participated in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC), and Federal Communications Commission public workshop on a risk-based strategy and framework for ensuring HIT safety and innovation. Dr. David Hirschorn (member, ACR IT and Informatics Committee) represented ACR on the expert panel that addressed clinical decision support subtopics. A webcast recording of the meeting should be available on the FDA’s website within the coming weeks.

On May 8, the American Medical Association (AMA) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and ONC in response to a request for feedback on the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The ACR and other national specialty societies provided input to the AMA in preparation for this letter. The letter calls for a radical reinvention of the EHR Incentive Program starting with a more flexible modification of the existing framework and ending with a return to the basic MU parameters of the statute.

On May 15, ONC announced that the HIT Policy Committee-MU Workgroup will convene two listening sessions for EHR Incentive Program participants, vendors, and other stakeholders. The May 20 listening session will include participating eligible professionals and eligible hospitals. The May 27 listening session will include payers, Regional Extension Centers, industry, and others. A series of questions to guide these sessions are available on ONC’s Health IT Buzz blog.

On May 16, CMS announced the availability of attestation process guidance for EHR Incentive Program participants in Stage 2. The relatively new resources include a robust guide and abbreviated worksheet.

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