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Federal Health IT Policy Watch: 2015 Holiday Season Recap

2016 ISA
On December 22, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released its expanded 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory – a policy document showing the status of select interoperability standards and implementation specifications for specific health IT needs. The 2016 ISA adds/expands several imaging items beyond the 2015 iteration. Comments will soon be accepted by ONC to inform the draft 2017 ISA.

CMS and ONC RFI on CQM Reporting Certification for Health IT Modules
On December 31, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Request for Information (RFI) on “certification frequency and requirements for the reporting of quality measures under CMS programs.” Public comments will be accepted until February 1.

The purpose of the RFI is to solicit input on potential health IT certification changes for products that enable quality measure (CQM) reporting for the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and other quality incentive programs. CMS and ONC are exploring the possibility of requiring vendors to recertify products’ CQM reporting capabilities on a regular basis. The agencies may also expand the minimum number of CQMs that certified health IT modules must report. The options are: 1) requiring CQM reporting modules to enable reporting all CQMs for the eligible professional or eligible hospital audiences; 2) gradually increasing the required minimum number of CQMs that products must report (until all-encompassing); or 3) requiring a larger or more specialty-targeted subset of CQMs that must be reported.

Stage 3 MU (Un)Popularity
As of this writing, CMS has officially received 683 public comments addressing the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule. When combined with the proposed rule, that puts the tally at 1,744 formal public comments on just CMS’ Stage 3 MU regulations. (This is not counting comments submitted on the accompanying ONC rulemaking, earlier advisory committee RFIs, advocacy letters sent to the agencies, or comments on the recent APMs/MIPs RFI…)

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