VNAA Comments on CMS Health Information Technology
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

On April 22, VNAA submitted comments on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Request for Information (RFI) on Advancing Interoperability and Health Information Exchange. The purpose of the RFI was to solicit potential policy and programmatic changes to help accelerate electronic health information technology and advance interoperability across all providers, as well as new ideas that would be both effective and feasible to implement. HHS is considering multiple policy levers in addition to current programs and authority, which include the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.

The largest issue for nonprofit home health and hospice agencies is the cost of the information technology infrastructure required to participate in the exchange of information. VNAA made the following recommendations to help home health and hospice providers better integrate into the health information technology:

Recommendation: Home health, hospice and other post-acute providers should be eligible to receive Meaningful Use incentives payment.

Recommendation: Across all payment models, ONC and CMS should strive to simplify the existing patchwork of complex requirements, and align reporting requirements across the different programs.

Recommendation: VNAA recommends that ONC convene leaders in home health and hospice to discuss how these providers can best support the goal of advancing interoperability and HIT.

To read VNAA’s comment letter, please click here.

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