HIMSS submits comments to CMS Hospital IPPS Proposed Rule

In a June 16th letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt, HIMSS offered comments in response to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2017 Rates; Revisions of Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers, Including Changes Related to the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Notice for Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

In leveraging their members’ expertise HIMSS is continuing our ongoing dialogue with CMS on the advancement and improvement of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program and the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program while advancing towards Secretary Burwell’s goals for true payment for value by 2018.  Our comments looked to find ways to improve the quality of healthcare delivery while also ensuring that data collection is not an overly burdensome part of a workflow.

HIMSS did offer concern about CMS’ plan to make reporting of all 15 available eCQMs required, rather than voluntary given that attestation remains appropriately allowed in the CMS EHR Incentive Program. HIMSS also stated concern about allowing no flexibility in measure selection and reporting which could force hospitals to devote considerable resources on establishing mandated data collection methods for measures that are not relevant to their patient population.

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