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Association Provides Feedback on Reducing Burden

In an Aug. 12 letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), America’s Essential Hospitals urged the agency to continue work to reduce administrative burden regarding clinical documentation, health information technology usability and user experience, electronic health records reporting, and public health reporting.

The letter responds to a CMS request for feedback on ways to reduce unnecessary administrative burden on providers and patients. America’s Essential Hospitals encouraged CMS to:

  • examine ways to account for social risk factors in Medicare programs;
  • streamline quality measures across its programs and focus on a core set of high-impact, high-value measures that are meaningful to patients;
  • work to resolve interoperability concerns and facilitate communication between providers and patients without putting further burden on essential hospitals;
  • ensure comprehensive, coordinated substance use treatment and care by aligning 42 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 2, with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act;
  • ensure fraud and abuse laws do not thwart hospitals’ efforts to connect patients to nonmedical care or to foster innovative collaboration outside the hospital walls;
  • improve the accessibility and presentation of CMS public reporting requirements and ensure information presented to the public is accurate and meaningful; and
  • provide adequate time for stakeholders to respond to and implement proposed policies, and to prioritize the development of interpretive guidance after a rule is finalized.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Maryellen Guinan is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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