doctor at office.300According to an article published by Healthcare IT News, a coalition of healthcare organizations signed off on a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell asking that the agency overhaul the meaningful use program placing an emphasis on interoperability.

“Unfortunately, the recently released final rule that provided relief for unavailable technology did not address or improve the challenges of interoperability and usability,” the letter stated.

The letter included the following recommendations:

  • Focus on interoperability, quality measure reporting and privacy and security in establishing ONC certification requirements;
  • discontinue restrictive MU policies that limit innovation;
  • promote collaboration in developing new Health IT solutions that meet clinical care needs; and
  • acknowledge that vendors and providers need adequate time to develop, implement and use new technology.

Signers or the letter included: the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Medical Group Management Association, Memorial Healthcare System, Mountain States Health Alliance, National Rural Health Association, Premier and Summa Health System. In addition, in a separate letter sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator, the AMA provided a  detailed “blueprint” of what a redesigned MU program might look like.

To learn more and to read the full Healthcare IT News article,  click here.