Statement for the Press: AMIA Responds to Release of CMS Quality Payment Rule

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The following statement was released today by Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, President and CEO, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) in regards to a proposed rule by CMS on the Quality Payment Program:

It is vital that we continue our collective march towards modernizing healthcare delivery and the patient’s experience.  While there are numerous details to review, AMIA is pleased that CMS has proposed a flexible set of requirements meant to encourage health IT-enabled care.  Specifically, the proposal to reward those clinicians who demonstrate more advanced use of health IT to support patient care through 2015 Edition CEHRT will improve interoperability for providers and provide patients with better access to their data.  Meanwhile, clinicians who need additional time to upgrade or adopt 2015 Edition CEHRT will benefit from another 90-day reporting period, and the option to use legacy versions of CEHRT in 2018.  

We also applaud CMS for expanding the list of Improvement Activities that can count as bonus payments for the MIPS Advancing Care Information performance category.  This approach helps credit clinicians for using health IT within a care improvement context, and we see this as a more outcomes-focused approach to measuring health IT use.  We look forward to looking into the rule in more detail and providing our feedback.