CHIME: Replace MU pass/fail structure for flexibility

In a Nov. 17 letter sent to Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of CMS, CHIME urged for a more streamlined version of meaningful use that would eliminate the current pass/fail approach to the program.

CHIME argues the current pass/fail approach to meaningful use is detrimental to the success of the program and diminishes time and resources providers and hospitals could devote to other interoperability or clinical quality efforts.

As it currently stands, providers and hospitals must meet 100 percent achievement of all meaningful use requirements to avoid facing penalties. "The existing construct is detrimental not only to providers, but is also holding the field back from devoting time and resources to pursuing interoperability and adoption of other solutions — technical or otherwise — that they deem appropriate for advancing care for their populations," according to the letter.

CHIME recommends CMS adjust its requirements to where providers attesting to the Certified EHR Technology Performance Category must achieve 75 percent of requirements to be deemed successful. 

To read the full letter, click here.

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