CHIME presses HHS for HIE certification
Will further advance interoperability, officials sayANN ARBOR, MI | April 22, 2013
Aiming to further advance interoperability in the health IT arena, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives is pressing the HHS to extend certification criteria to the health information exchange marketplace, officials announced last week.
“CHIME believes CMS should continue the evolution of payment policies towards pay-for-value and away from fee-for-service,” the letter stated. But the letter also urged caution in applying blanket mandates to participate in exchange, adding, “While we believe any model of accountable care delivery cannot be successful without robust technology usage, CHIME believes that forcing miscellaneous exchange through requirements for participation, receipt of incentive payments or avoidance of payment adjustments is a serious proposition – one that needs broad input from stakeholders.”
“As exchange increases from other treating providers outside of their primary practice or system, patient data-matching errors and mismatches will become exponentially more problematic and potentially dangerous. ... While technologies, architectures and strategies exist to mitigate errors, CHIME encourages CMS and ONC to dedicate substantial resources to this foundational challenge.”