On December 15, ASCO submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the agency’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Stage 3 of Meaningful Use and Modifications in 2015 through 2017. The Society’s comments provided recommendations to CMS regarding the implementation of the EHR incentive program within the context of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
“ASCO is a strong advocate for the utilization of health information technology (HIT) to improve the quality and value of cancer care services,” stated ASCO President Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, in the comment letter. “ASCO is working diligently to facilitate the oncology community’s adoption of HIT and cancer-specific interoperability standards.”
The comment letter included the following recommendations to CMS:
In the letter, Dr. Vose also reiterated ASCO’s plans for its electronic Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (eQOPI) to be used to satisfy the Specialized Registry Reporting Measure in 2015 and beyond.
“ASCO is currently piloting an electronic version of its eQOPI registry,” stated Dr. Vose. “Without clarifications that registries like eQOPI are satisfactory for meeting the Modified Stage 2 Objective 10 requirements, adoption of clinical data registries as powerful tools for quality improvement, especially among oncology and other specialty providers, may stall.”
To read the full letter, visit http://www.asco.org/advocacy/asco-submits-comments-cms-ehr-stage-3-meaningful-use-and-modifications-final-rule. ■
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