AMIA Applauds CMS Payment Rule

Friday, October 14, 2016

CMS has crafted a set of policies that are strategic, flexible and reflective of feedback from the informatics community. AMIA recommended that CMS provide physicians with an on-ramp to participation in 2017 and they have responded with a strategy that will do just that. Beginning with a much-needed “transition year” for participation, and inclusive of an across-the-board reduction in scope, this final rule with comment period will ensure that success is within reach of every eligible clinician.

AMIA and others in the clinical and informatics community have long-encouraged policymakers to deem certain uses of health IT as being equal to participating in meaningful use, now referred to as Advancing Care Information performance category. Through the open comment period that joins this final rule, CMS asks how to establish such deeming policies with identification of “use cases” that are practice-based activities for which CEHRT is used in a typical clinician workflow.

While there are hundreds of individual policies that need to be considered in this final rule, we believe CMS has created a framework through which we can finally address our outdated fee-for-service payment system, and replace it with a modern patient-focused system based on outcomes.

The following statement was released today by Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, President and CEO, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).