CMS Considers Rule for Hospitals to Report EHR Measures Electronically

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are piloting an initiative to give hospitals and providers the option of reporting their electronic health record quality measures electronically in 2012, according to a Government Health IT report.

Providers can still account for their quality measures by attestation, as the electronic reporting pilot is a provision of a CMS proposed rule regarding outpatient care to Medicare beneficiaries in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers, the report said.

The report said CMS hopes the pilot will advance hospitals' EHR infrastructures, quality programs and meaningful use goals, and it plans to add clinical quality measure reporting for both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.

Read the Government Health IT report on e-reporting of EHR quality measures.

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