CHIME: CIOs Policy Agenda To Focus on Meaningful Use, ICD-10

October 31, 2014 in News

At the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ 2014 Fall CIO Forum this week, stakeholders said the policy agenda for health care CIOs is focused around meaningful use, cybersecurity, ICD-10 and patient safety, Healthcare IT News reports.

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

Forum Details

During the forum, Jeff Smith — vice president of public policy at CHIME — said Medicare penalties under the meaningful use program, which are scheduled to start in 2015, are the most important issue for CHIME.

Smith noted that compared with eligible hospitals, a low number of eligible professionals have attested to Stage 2, meaning a majority of eligible professionals now are at risk of facing penalties and likely will reach out to their Congressional representatives to address the issue.

He said that CHIME is “still engaged with CMS to try and figure out a way to make these numbers better,” such as by reducing the reporting period from the full year in 2015 to 90 days.

At the forum, stakeholders also discussed:

  • The transition to ICD-10 code sets and warned against future delays; and
  • The need for improved cybersecurity standards in the light of recent health data breaches.

The threat of cyberattacks has attracted the attention of several federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the FBI, according to Healthcare IT News.  

Smith said, “The conversation in Washington is getting more mature around cybersecurity, but there is still a tremendous gap” in responding to the issue (Versel, Healthcare IT News, 10/31).

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