The New Hampshire Hospital Association recently submitted comments on the final rule for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program-Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 on behalf of the 26 acute care community hospitals in the state of New Hampshire.
While NHHA supports CMS’s goal to use certified EHRs and other technology to improve the coordination, quality and safety of care for patients, the Association has serious concerns about the complexity of CMS’s program requirements. These burdensome requirements lead to excessive spending for compliance and an undue focus on meeting meaningful use that could be better spent on patient care. To support hospitals in meeting regulatory requirements to use certified EHRs, the NHHA urges CMS to revise the EHR Incentive Program framework to reflect program experience to date and revise the program measures that providers must meet.
In its comment letter, the NHHA recommended that revisions be made to the EHR Incentive Program framework and offered recommendations specific to the measures required to meet the Stage 3 objectives, of which there are eight that must be met by all providers.
Download the New Hampshire Hospital Association’s full comments below on the final rule for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program-Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017.