The Society Submits Comments on HIT Proposed Rule

June 7, 2019
Policy Snapshot

This week the Society submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule on the Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Issuers of Qualified Health Plans in the Federally-Facilitated Exchanges and Health Care Providers (proposed rule), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on the Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health Information Technology (Health IT) Certification Program.

The Society supported the overall intent and direction of the proposed rule and pushed to ensure that foundational items are in place first, including the need for adequate, achievable timelines for implementing changes proposed by CMS and ONC; consideration of potential unintended consequences such as minimizing the risks to patient safety and increased provider burden; a means to achieve greater parity across sectors; and policy strategies to advance the business case for interoperability for those that have not received federal incentives to adopt and use health IT.

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