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Broad Collaboration Agrees on Priorities for ‘Meaningful Use’ Success Markle Foundation, Center for American Progress, and Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings Comment on Federal Health Information Technology

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WASHINGTON,DC (March 16,2010) – The success of the new federal incentives program for health information technology (IT) will depend on a specific set of health improvement goals, a prioritized set of metrics, and the broad participation of health care providers and patients, according to recommendations from an extensive collaborative of organizations.
Health care leaders from 56 diverse organizations filed a joint public comment on the program, part of the economic stimulus in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Markle Foundation,the Center for American Progress,and the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings coordinated the collaborative comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.
“Federal rules with a clear,focused set of health goals and metrics will help move the nation closer to the day when it is commonplace for health care professionals and patients to communicate more efficiently and make better decisions with the aid of modern information tools,” the three coordinating organizations noted in releasing the comments.
The joint public comment recommends priorities to the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which will administer the new Medicare and Medicaid subsidies to doctors and hospitals for “meaningful use” of health IT beginning in 2011.
“We appreciate the difficult task HHS has taken on in writing the rules to carry out the program,said Carol Diamond,MD,MPH,managing director of the Markle Foundation.“We are pleased to offer several recommendations that we believe will support the implementation of the proposed rule so that the greatest numbers of consumers and clinicians alike can see the benefits of these public investments.”
The groups’ comment urges HHS to make explicit a set of health improvement goals such as improving medication management and reducing re-admissions to hospitals, so that everyone – including the public – can play a role in contributing to these priorities.
“Health information technology can be a very effective tool to help providers and patients get better, less costly care.That’s why investments in health IT should prioritize key quality and outcome reporting requirements, while also streamlining the administrative overhead,” said MarMcClellan, MD, PhD, director of the Engelberg Center at Brookings and former Medicare and Medicaid administrator.