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ACP concerned about appropriateness, unintended
consequences, and costs of some proposed measures
PHILADELPHIA, September 12, 2013 -- An aggressive timeline
combined with overly ambitious objectives may unnecessarily limit
the success of the entire Meaningful Use EHR Incentive program, the
American College of Physicians (ACP) warned today in a letter
to the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services, and National Coordinator for
Health Information Technology.
ACP recommends that requirements become less prescriptive to
allow eligible professionals of all specialties to be creative in
applying the technology to the unique characteristics of their
practice, specialty, and patient population.
"ACP supports the guiding principles of Meaningful Use to help
physicians deliver quality, patient-centered care," said Michael S.
Barr, MD, MBA, FACP, who leads ACP's Division of Medical Practice.
"However, the reliance on evolving and draft standards,
technologies for which integration is not yet completely tested,
developing infrastructure, and upcoming regulatory requirements add
complexity and uncertainty for physicians."
ACP's letter addresses specific concerns in five areas: the
Stage 2 Meaningful Use timeline, clinical quality measures, ICD-10
and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), scoring Meaningful
Use measures, and planning for Stage 3 Meaningful Use.
Stage 2 Meaningful Use Timeline
ACP supports providing more time for providers to begin their
reporting on Stage 2 measures given that system certification and
vendor implementation issues abound.
Clinical Quality Measures
ACP says there has not been sufficient time either for the new
e-measures to be tested and validated or for a determination if the
output of the EHR systems is an accurate representation of the
performance of the EPs.
ICD-10 and PQRS
ACP cautions that 2014 will be a difficult and frustrating year for
physicians no matter what happens with Stage 2 Meaningful Use since
every practice will be using ICD-10 and will need a new or updated
EHR system ready to go on January 1, 2014 in order to meet the data
collection requirements for PQRS and combined PQRS/EHR Incentive
reporting using e-measures.
Scoring Meaningful Use Measures
ACP supports switching to a scoring system that recognizes the
differences in practices and the differences between incentives and
penalties and recommends "moving to a partial scoring or tiered
system in Stage 2 with a higher score required for an incentive and
a lower threshold required to avoid a penalty."
Planning for Stage 3 Meaningful Use
ACP urges a focus on activities that have a true measurable outcome
on quality, safety and value of care, rather than a system that
creates an unnecessary administrative burden that does not directly
impact real practice improvement.
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