HIMSS submits comments to CMS Hospital IPPS Proposed Rule

In a June 13thletter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, 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 and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2018 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Requirements for Eligible Hospitals Notice for Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

HIMSS anticipates that their comments can improve accuracy, better alignment with clinical workflows, and shortened implementation timeframes for reporting clinical performance and quality. HIMSS continues to have dialogue with the CMS on further improvements to CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.  HIMSS supports the flexibility offer by the CMS proposal for eligible hospitals to report on six of the 15 available eCQMs as a baseline to avoid the negative IQR payment adjustment. 

HIMSS appreciates that CMS is working to align quality measure reporting requirements to alleviate as much of the administrative reporting burden as possible. HIMSS continues to encourage CMS to work collaboratively with quality measure developers, private payers, states, and accreditation bodies to align movement towards the same specifications for the same measure and common reporting mechanisms to alleviate the burden of reporting quality performance.

HIMSS remains committed to fostering a culture where health IT is optimally harnessed to transform health and healthcare by improving quality or care, enhancing the patient experience, containing cost, improving access to care, and optimizing effectiveness of public payment.