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HIMSS Comments on Meaningful Use, HIT Certification

On May 28, HIMSS submitted comments to the Health and Human Services on the meaningful use stage 3 proposed rule and the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. The two letters, sent to Acting CMS Administrator, Andrew Slavitt, and National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, respectively, strongly urge CMS and ONC to do the following: 

HIMSS voiced its continued support for the meaningful use program as a tool to positively transform health and health care in the United States. Identifying meaningful use as a "critical tool for enabling health care transformation," the response cites HIMSS Analytics data—collected annually on all nonfederal US hospitals, and more than 30,000 tethered US ambulatory facilities—that "70% of hospitals have made a positive progression in the advancement of their EHR capabilities over the last five years, with over 60% of ambulatory facilities showing similar progress in the last three years." 

HIMSS reiterated its long-standing commitment to interoperability: "HIMSS is committed to a culture in which IT is fundamental to transforming health care; improving quality of care, enhancing the patient experience, containing cost, improving access to care, and optimizing effectiveness of public payment."

The full comments on HIMSS response to the CMS meaningful use stage 3 include the following:

The full HIMSS comments on the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria include the following:

HIMSS will continue to monitor the progress on CMS meaningful use stage 3 program and the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. Look for updated information at the Policy Center on the HIMSS website.  

Source: HIMSS