In response to an ONC RFI on measuring EHR interoperability under MACRA, AHA foresees issues with the federal agency’s approach.
The American Hospital Association has suggested the changes to the methods the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is proposing for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation.
Chief of among them in extended ONC’s interoperability measurement of the provider community’s present technical capabilities for exchanging and using clinical data, which the organization spelled out in a comment letter in response to an appeal for information (RFI) issued by ONC in April.
“The AHA suggests that ONC expand its scope of measurement beyond just the exchange and use of electronic health data to include whether we have the standards, technology and infrastructure needed to support these goals,” writes Ashley Thompson, Senior Vice President of Public Policy Analysis and Development.
“In the RFI, ONC proposes to measure ‘exchange’ and ‘use’ of electronic health information,” she continues. “It does not, however, seek input on how to assess whether we have the correct infrastructure to support exchange.”
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