AHA Reiterates Support for Electronic Health Record Regulatory Relief Act

The American Hospital Association has authored a letter to Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) reiterating their support for the Electronic Health Record Regulatory Relief Act (S. 3173).

The legilslation would offer regulatory flexibility for hospitals and professionals in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs by requiring that they meet only 70 percent of the required metrics to satisfy the requirements. “As Congress considers year-end legislation, we urge you to take immediate action to make changes to the federal requirements of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Care Record (EHR) Incentive programs,” the letter’s authors wrote. “The AHA has long advocated for the elimination of the ‘all-or-nothing’ approach to meaningful use of EHRs. Under this approach, failure to meet any one of the requirements…even by a small amount, results in a large payment penalty.”

The letter also acknowledges the recent changes made by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), and note that the final regulations for MACRA fall short of what is needed to “ensure that program requirements are aligned across all participants, including physicians, hospitals and critical access hospitals.”

“This alignment is critical to ensuring the ability to share information and improve care coordination among providers across the continuum,” the authors wrote.

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