CMS Responds to Complaints of Excessive Administrative Burdens in MIPS ACIMar 12, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will release a proposed rule this year aimed at increasing interoperability and reducing burden associated with the meaningful use program and the Advancing Care Information performance category of the Quality Payment Program. The agency intends to overhaul documentation requirements for evaluation and management codes to make it easier for providers to use electronic health records (EHRs).
American Medical Association President David O. Barbe, MD, said, "We are hopeful the ACI overhaul ... will move us away from prescriptive measurements and toward using technology to improve patient health outcomes and patient access to data.”
ASRA Board Member David Provenzano, MD, agreed, saying that reducing documentation burdens associated with EHRs and improving interoperability between electronic medical records are sorely needed. "Both of these efforts, it is hoped, will allow for more healthcare provider time to be allocated to patient care."
The change was announced in conjunction with a new CMS initiative called MyHealthEData, designed to give patients greater access to their health records across providers.
ASRA will provide more information about the proposed rule as it is available.