CHIME Issues Comments on Proposed ACO Rule

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has submitted comments on the proposed Medicare accountable care organization rule, asking CMS to reevaluate proposals that would restrict information flow, according to a CHIME news release.

CHIME noted the following in its comments:

• CHIME is concerned about the proposed rule that gives patients enrolled in an ACO the ability to restrict access to their health information because it would compromise an ACO's ability to improve beneficiary health and reach desired shared savings.

• CHIME recommends patients who want to opt out of shared savings claims data be required to see a primary care physician not affiliated with an ACO or that healthcare expenditures for these patients not be included for calculations to determine whether an ACO is eligible for payments for shared savings.

• CHIME takes issue with the proposed rule's requirement that 50 percent of an ACO's primary care physicians meet all meaningful use standards by the beginning of the second year of the ACO's agreement with CMS.

• CHIME urges CMS to scale back expectations for the use of health information exchange to give healthcare organizations more time to enter HIE organizations and gain experience with the use of exchanged patient data in care delivery.

Read the CHIME release on its comments on the proposed ACO rule.

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