Policy

CMS Releases ACO Final Rule
October 20, 2011 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the final rule for Accountable Care Organizations. HIMSS is in the process of developing a complete analysis of the final rule. Immediate information highlighted in a CMS conference call indicated that public comments provided helpful guidance, which led to greater flexibility of the final rule on ACO governance structures, and on the process for determining which patients will be assigned to the ACO. CMS has also responded to public observations by figuring out ways to provide up-to-date Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D data to ACOs. Additionally, the final rule decreases the number of quality measures from 65 measures in five domains, to 33 measures in four domains. The Final Rule will be officially published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2011, and becomes effective 60 days later, on January 1, 2012.

HIMSS Meaningful Use OneSource
In its role as the leading authority on the appropriate implementation and use of health IT, HIMSS has developed the Meaningful Use OneSource to equip our members and other interested organizations to prepare for the Meaningful Use and Certification Criteria and Standards regulations. The Meaningful Use OneSource is a repository of hundreds of documents, tools, and links to other knowledge available on the Internet. Within this authoritative knowledge resource you will find everything you need to know about meaningful use.

EHR Incentives for Multi-Campus Hospitals Act of 2010, H.R. 6072 - Legislation in the 111th Congress
The Fact Sheet provides an overview of the EHR Incentives for Multi-Campus Hospitals Act of 2010, H.R. 6072 that was introduced in August 2010 and aims to clarify the application of EHR payment incentives in cases of multi-campus hospitals as addressed in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.